Anantnag: Hundreds of people spent Monday night, wide awake, at the houses of two slain Hizb militants — Sameer Tiger and Aqib Khan — and tens of thousands poured into Pulwama early Tuesday morning to attend the funeral prayers.
Sameer and Aqib were killed during a gunfight with government forces in Drubgam village of Pulwama district on Monday. A civilian also fell to the bullets of government forces while 20 others were injured during protests at the site of the encounter.
Tiger belonged to Drubgam village and Aqib to nearby Rajpora village.
Hundreds reached the houses of the two slain late Monday evening, soon after the bodies were handed over to the families. At about 6pm, militants appeared at both the places and offered gun salutes to their slain friends.
While the militants left after offering gun salutes, the people who had come from far and wide stayed — throughout the night.
Local sources told Kashmir Reader that the people stayed around the body of the slain militants and kept raising pro-freedom, anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans throughout the night.
“Freedom songs kept blaring from the masjid loudspeakers till morning prayers,” sources said.
In the morning, thousands more thronged the villages and attended multiple rounds of funerals held for the slain militants.
Tiger was buried at about 9:00 AM while Aqib Khan was buried at about noon.
The people dispersed after intense sloganeering. There were no clashes however in any part of Pulwama district.
A complete shutdown was observed across all four districts of south Kashmir against the killings.
Schools, colleges, offices, shops and other commercial establishments remained closed for the day. Traffic too remained off the roads, mostly.