Handwara bids adieu to slain militant

Handwara bids adieu to slain militant
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Kupwara: The lone Lashkar-e-Toiba militant killed in a gunfight with government forces in Pulwama’s Chatpora was laid to rest in a graveyard in Chogal area of north Kashmir’s Handwara on Saturday morning.
Amid rains triggering a flood scare in the Valley, thousands of people turned up to offer him funeral prayers, amid massive pro-freedom and anti-India sloganeering.
Local sources said that the body of local militant Sajad Ahmad Peer alias Mansoor Bhai, son of Ali Mohammad Shah of Gund Chogal, was handed over to his family Saturday morning. For the funeral, thousands of people including women and children had reached the home, where they were already holding a protest demonstration against the killing. The people shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans and later carried the body to the nearby Jinaz Gah, where the funeral prayers were said. Sajad was later buried at the local graveyard.
Sources said that Sajad went missing last year in August. He was associated with the Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit. Sajad left behind his aged parents, a 25-year-old wife, a one-year-old son, and five sisters, four of whom are married.
Locals said that Sajad was working at a shop in Langate, before he joined militant ranks. They described him as “religiously very rich”.
“Sajad participated in several funeral prayers of militants in the past, both here and in other places. He was always leading protest demonstrations. It was why he faced police action several times. Last year he suddenly went missing and later we heard that he had joined militant ranks,” a friend of Sajad said. Sajad’s father is a retired government employee who now does some odd work at home.
Internet services in police district Handwara were suspended by the authorities for the entire day on Saturday. Major roads leading to the native village of the slain militant were blocked by government forces. Local sources said that a complete strike was observed in the Chogal market and public transport was completely off the roads.