Anantnag: A day after their bodies were exhumed from near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Tangdar, militants Mudassir Ahmad Bhat and Sheeraz Ahmad Sheikh were buried in their native villages in south Kashmir on Wednesday. Mudassir, who was a government teacher before he picked up arms, was laid to rest at his ancestral village of Parigam in Kulgam district. Sheeraz was buried at Lajoora village in Pulwama district. Both of them were killed along with three other militants by the army in Tangdar sector on May 25.
Thousands attended four rounds of funeral prayers offered for the slain rebels, amid pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. A complete, spontaneous shutdown was observed in both the districts while clashes erupted at both the villages following the burial of the militants. No one was reported injured during the clashes.
The authorities had already snapped mobile internet service in Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian districts late Tuesday night, “to prevent any disruption to law and order.” Train services on the Srinagar-Banihal track also remained suspended for the day.
The families of the two militants had moved applications asking for exhumation of their bodies. Bhat had gone missing in 2016, during the mass unrest that followed Burhan Wani’s killing. Sheeraz went missing in September 2017. Both, as per police sources, received arms training across the border.
After people demanded the return of the bodies and clashes broke out for three consecutive days in Pulwama town, the authorities finally exhumed the bodies Tuesday evening and handed them over to the families.
On Wednesday morning, as the word spread that the bodies were coming back, thousands of people thronged Lajoora and Parigam to attend their funeral.
Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani addressed via telephone the gathering at the funeral of Sheeraz.