Thousands offer prayers in absentia for Mannan, associate in Kashmir

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Srinagar: Thousands of people on Friday staged protests and offered funeral prayers in absentia for the slain Hizb commander Mannan Bashir Wani and his associate who were killed in a gun-battle by government forces in frontier Kupwara district.

Here in Srinagar, a protest was held under the banner of joint resistance leadership against the killing of scholar turned militant Mannan Bashir Wani and his associate, witnesses told Kashmir Reader. The protesters led by Sheikh Abdur Rashid were shouting pro-freedom and anti-poll slogans.

“India claims to be the biggest democracy in world but by arresting JRL leaders, they have proved this electoral exercise is a hoax,” he said.

Reports of Gaibana nimaz-e-jinaza were also received from many places of this capital city.

In Kupwara, since early morning, hundreds of people started visiting the house of Mannan Wani in Wani Mohalla of Sogam in Lolab to express solidarity with his family, witnesses said. After congregational Friday prayers, people offered prayers in absentia for the slain Hizb commander and his associate at Tikipora.

Prayers were also offered at the grave of Mannan Wani. Later, mourners staged a pro-freedom and anti-India demonstration.

Absentia funeral prayers were also offered in Beerwah town of Budgam soon after the culmination of Friday prayers.

Hundreds of persons after coming out of grand mosque assembled in the main town and offered absentia prayers for the slain militants.