Two of the slain had earlier been arrested and jailed for stone-pelting
Baramulla: The three Baramulla youths who were gunned down late Monday evening near Khanpora bridge in the old town were laid to rest on Tuesday morning in two different graveyards. Sources said that all the three bodies were handed over to their families on Tuesday morning after medico-legal formalities. Their funeral prayers were jointly offered at Mohalla Dargah Alia by a large number of people.
Asif Ahmad Sheikh, 21, son of Ali Mohammad Sheikh of Mohalla Syeed Karim, and Haseeb Ahmad Khan, 19, son of Gulam Nabi Khan of Kakar Hamam Mohalla were buried in Baramulla town’s oldest graveyard at EidGah Qadeem. Asgar Ahmad Sheikh, 19, son of Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh of Kakar Hamam was buried in the Tawheed Gunj graveyard by his family.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Gulam Nabi Khan said that his son Haseeb was studying in Class 12 when he was arrested by police on charges of stone-pelting. Police later shifted him to Kot Balwal jail in Jammu, from where police took him to sit in the Class 12 board exams, but he failed to pass the examination. Khan said his son was not an informer of any pro-India organisation. A driver by profession, Gulam Nabi Khan said that he was in Sonamarg when he heard about the tragedy.
The relatives of Asgar Ahmad Sheikh of Kakar Hamam said that Asgar was arrested by police several times in stone-pelting cases and recently he came out from jail after two months. They said Asgar was not associated with any pro-India organisation. Asgar was the father of two small kids. Asgar’s father Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh is from Pattan area of the district, but Asgar was living with his divorced mother in Kakar Hamam locality of old town Baramulla.
The father of Asif Ahmad Sheikh, Ali Mohammad Sheikh, also said that his son was not associated with any pro-India organisation. He said that Asif was selling shoes in different areas of the district, mostly in Uri. He said that Asif left studies after Class 6 to start his own work. He said Asif reached home on Monday evening but when someone called on his mobile phone, he went out. That was the last time the family saw him alive.
Family members of all the three slain youths appealed to militant outfits that if they had killed them, they must explain why they did so.
Police have said that the three youths were killed by a group of three militants, two of whom were locals and one a Pakistani.