Massive funerals for Lashkar commander, teenage girl in Kashmir

Massive funerals for Lashkar commander, teenage girl in Kashmir
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File photo of funeral of a militant killed in Bijbehara on Friday.

Anantnag: Massive funerals were held in Pulwama and Kulgam districts of south Kashmir on Saturday for Lashkar commander Firdaus ahmad Mir, who was killed along with five other militants in Bijbehara on Friday, and 14-year-old girl Muskan Jan who was fatally injured in cross-fire between militants and army in Qaimoh.

The funerals were held amid a complete shutdown across the south Kashmir region in protest against the killing of the six militants in Bijbehara.

Muskan Jan was injured in cross-fire after militants attacked an army camp located in SKUAST university campus in Qaimoh area of Kulgam district on Thursday. She was rushed to Anantnag district hospital and later referred to SKIMS in Srinagar but she succumbed to her injuries there on Saturday morning.

“She was shot in the head and was operated upon at the Srinagar hospital. She, however, went into coma and died this morning after battling it out for two days,” a health official told Kashmir Reader.

As soon as the news of her death reached Qaimoh, thousands of people reached her village to participate in her funeral prayers. She was buried amid pro-freedom, anti-India and pro-Pakistan sloganeering.

In neighbouring Pulwama district, thousands reached Mashpuna village and participated in more than seven rounds of funeral prayers held for Lashkar district commander Firdaus Ahmad Mir.

Local sources said that people started thronging Mashpuna village early Saturday morning and by 11:30 more than seven rounds of funeral prayers were held for the slain.

“He was buried at his ancestral graveyard after the funeral prayers,” the sources said.

People also reached the homes of the other five militants killed in the Bijbehara gunfight. Their villages were in Arwini, Sangam, Waghama, Khannabal and Takibal areas of Anantnag district.

Despite a communications gag imposed by shutting off internet services and deployment of government forces at many places, hundreds of people reached the homes of the slain militants, three of whom belonged to Lashkar and two to Hizb, to mourn with their families.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed across south Kashmir where commercial establishments, shops, offices, schools and other places of work remained closed throughout the day.

Train services also remained suspended on the Banihal-Srinagar track for the second consecutive day today.