SHOPIAN: Two more bodies were recovered in Shopian on Monday morning, one of a civilian some 250 meters away from the encounter site, and the other of a local militant in orchards of Saidpora village, 13 kilometers from Pahnoo village where three civilians and a militant were shot dead by the army on Sunday evening.
The body of the civilian, identified as Gowhar Ahmad Lone, 24, son of Abdul Rasheed Lone, was found in a Wagon-R car. Family members said there was no blood stain in or on the car. They said that Gowhar was returning from Pinjora to home after meeting a fertiliser dealer. Gowhar ran a pesticides and fertilisers shop, they said. A relative said that Gowhar was killed in cold blood. “We checked the car and there was no mark of blood in or around the car. He was killed by the forces in custody, at about 11pm Sunday night when some gunshots were again heard in the army camp area,” the relative said.
Another relative said that Gowhar was returning from Pinjora but when they saw the car it seemed to be headed towards Pinjora.
People in Saidpora village said the body of Aashiq Hussain, a local militant, was found in an orchard with a bullet wound and stitch marks on his abdomen.
Angry and tearful scenes were witnessed at the funeral of the slain civilians and militants in Shopian, with women showering flowers and candies on the funeral procession. Several women fainted when the bodies were being taken for burial.
Despite army check points erected at several places, tens of thousands of mourners from Shopian and adjoining districts thronged to attend the funeral prayers of the slain in different villages of Shopian.