Najar laid to rest at ancestral village, thousands attend funeral

Militant commander Abdul Qayoom Najar was laid to rest at his ancestral village in Batpora area of Sopore late last night. People in thousands attended his funeral as two rounds of funeral prayers were held, locals said.

People raised anti India and pro freedom slogans during the funeral prayers, witnesses said.

Meanwhile, authorities imposed strict restrictions on the movement of motorists and pedestrians in Sopore town of north Kashmir to prevent protests against his killing on Wednesday.

Reports said that police and paramilitary personnel sealed all the entry and exit points of the town and disallowed the movement of pedestrians and motorists in the area.

They said that Main Chowk, tehsil road, court road and Chanakhan areas were sealed by the forces.

Najar, believed to be one of the longest surviving militants in Kashmir, was killed in a gunfight with government forces near the Line of Control (LoC) in Lachipora Uri of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district yesterday, police said.

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