Baramulla: Shafat Hussain Wani, the Lashkar-e-Toiba militant killed by government forces on Saturday night in Budgam, was laid to rest in his native area of Wagoora in Baramulla district, after thousands of people participated in his funeral prayers and shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.
The news of Shafat’s death reached his village in the wee hours of Sunday. Soon, hundreds of people had come out on the streets and started a protest. In the afternoon, when his body reached his home, people were waiting outside the village and carried the body on their shoulders to his home, shouting anti-India and pro-Azadi slogans. Later, the people took the body to the nearby graveyard where they offered funeral prayers before laying Shafat to rest.
Shafat went missing from home in April last year. He had a BEd degree in education and for two years he taught at the private Kirmani Memorial School, where many of his students earned a distinction in their Class 10 exams. People in Wagoora said that Shafat left his teacher’s job to open his own shop at main market Wagoora. He had two younger brothers, Ishfaq Ahmad, who is an advocate, and Imran, who runs a shop that Shafat helped him open.
Authorities suspended mobile internet services in Baramulla, Pattan and adjoining areas since Sunday morning.