Bandipora: Hundreds of people offered in-absentia funeral prayers at Hajin for the six Pakistani militants of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) killed in Chandergeer village on Saturday.
Local sources said that “hundreds of people assembled at Jamia Masjid Khos-Mohalla in Hajin and offered funeral prayers in absentia for the killed militants.”
Local sources said that two militants, among them a local recruit, participated in the protest rally taken out at Hajin and they were hailed by the people as heroes.
Amid a complete shutdown in all the adjoining villages, including in Bandipora, “people in thousands, including women, gathered near the Hajin Bridge and raised slogans in favour of militants and Azadi,” a local source said.
Reports said that protests were held by women at Chandergeer village, where the encounter had taken place, who shouted pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
On Sunday afternoon, six LeT militants were killed who included Owaid alias Osama Janguvi, the nephew of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, alleged mastermind of the 2011 Mumbai attacks, and Mehmood Bhai, the LeT’s divisional commander in Hajin.
Mobile internet remained shut for the second day in Hajin area, but was restored late evening on Sunday.