PULWAMA: A 10-year-old boy who was killed in a mysterious blast on Saturday evening was laid to rest amid pro-freedom slogans at the local “martyrs’ graveyard” in his native village Larew in Kakapora area of Pulwama district on Sunday morning.
Arif Ahmad Dar, son of Abdul Gani, was fatally injured after he was fiddling with some explosive material in an orchard at Gadoora village of Pulwama district on Saturday evening. Soon after the blast, Arif was shifted to district hospital Pulwama by locals. He was referred from there to SMHS Hospital in Srinagar, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Family members said the incident took place when Arif along with his father was grazing cattle in a field at Gudoora village.
The body of Arif reached home late Saturday evening and his last rites were performed on Sunday morning, locals told Kashmir Reader.
Eyewitnesses said that thousands of people from different areas of south Kashmir offered his funeral prayers.
Amid pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans, Arif was buried in the martyrs’ graveyard, reserved for militants and those killed by government forces, at Larew village.
Police in Pulwama said they had begun an investigation into the incident.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed for the second consecutive day on Sunday in Pulwama district against the killing of four Jaish-e-Mohammad militants.
All shops and business establishments stayed closed while public transport was off the roads in Pulwama town and villages of the district, local sources said.
Four militants including a Pakistani national were killed in a gunfight with government forces at Hanjan Rajpora area of Pulwama district on Saturday.
The three slain local militants were identified as Muzammil Nabi Dar of Rohmoo, Waseem Akram Wani of Tikken, and Muzammil Ahmad Bhat of Priczoo, all in Pulwama district.
People in large numbers continued to visit the residences of the slain militants to mourn their death and to express solidarity with their families.