Srinagar: Top Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Naveed Jatt who was killed in Budgam this week was buried in a hush-hush manner in Rajwar area of Kupwara on Thursday night.
Official sources told GNS that the body of Naveed was taken by police to Reshwari area of Waderballa in Rajwar, Handwara late on Thursday night. Later it was handed over to the local Auqaf committee who buried him around midnight.
A police officer confirmed that the slain militant, who hailed from Pakistan, was taken to Reshwari and was buried there.
Naveed was killed alongwith his local associate Mehraj-Ud-Din Khan of Sopore in a gunfight at Chattergam in Budgam on November 28. Three soldiers were also injured in the gunfight.
The top Lashkar gun, according to police, was the longest surviving militant, who entered the Valley in 2012. A close aide of slain Lashkar commander Abu Qasim, he was arrested from Kulgam in 2014. However, he made a dramatic escape from custody when he was taken to SMHS Hospital in February this year. Two policemen were also killed during his escape. His death is seen a severe setback to the outfit.
The Martyr’s graveyard in Baramulla’s Boniyar and Gatamullah had come up exclusively for the non local militants, whose bodies are not given to people in the areas where they are killed. Now it has been witnessed that the non-local militant are being handed over to Auqaf committee in Reshwari area of Waderballa, Handwara for burial, GNS reported.
The practice of silent burial has occured since tens of thousands of people took part in the funeral prayers of Abu Qasim, a Pakistani Lashkar-e-Toiba militant who was killed in an encounter in Kulgam in 2015.