Militants offer gun salute
Sopore: Several thousand people poured onto the streets of Brath Kalan, Sopore, when the body of Mehnajul Mohiuddin Mir, the 23-year-old son of Ghulam Mohiuddin Mir, reached home. Mehnajul was one of two militants killed in a gunfight with government forces in Kreeri on Thursday.
Mehnajul had left home on 23rd of December last year to join the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). He was studying for a diploma in Radiology in Delhi and was vacationing at home when he joined militancy.
“When he went missing we looked for him everywhere, lodged a missing report at the local police station, and visited many places to look for him, all in vain. We gave all his photos to various agencies,” said a teary-eyed Ghulam Mohiuddin Mir, a store-keeper by profession, sitting at the main gate of his home.
Mehnajul’s mother waited for her son’s body to arrive with a pot full of candies in her hands. When the body arrived, dozens of women joined his mother in showering platefuls of candies over the body from the balconies and windows of their homes.
The women sang, “Tera bayee, Mera bayee, Mehnajul bayee, Mehnajul bayee (the brother of us all, Mehanjul)”, “Wala myani shahedo, bochh ma lajee (Come my martyr, you might be hungry).”
Scores of men and women wept bitterly when the body was being carried towards its final resting place.
Mehnajul was the eldest sibling, having one brother and two sisters. Mehnajul’s friend, Fayaz, told Kashmir Reader that he always used to say he would start earning to help his family but suddenly he left home and never came back.
Mehnajul was laid to rest at the martyrs’ graveyard at Brath, after funeral prayers in which thousands of people participated.
A few militants appeared at the funeral and gave a gun salute to their associate, firing several shots in the air.