Anantnag: Multiple rounds of funerals were held for three militants-killed in a gunfight Thursday- on Friday in Laribal village of Tral and Charsoo village of Awantipora in Pulwama district.
Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants Shakoor Ahmad Parray of Laribal Tral and Tawseef Ahmad Thoker of Charsoo, along with Zubair Ahmad Bhat of Charsoo, affiliated with Jaish, were killed after a gunfight with government forces lasting several hours in Gulshapora area of Tral on Thursday.
Shakoor had joined the militant ranks in October 2017 while as Zubair and Tawseef had picked up arms in May last year.
Tawseef had a post graduate degree in Mathematics. Shakoor was a cousin of slain Hizb militant Ishaq Parray-popularly known as Newton for his intelligence and grades in his studies, and killed in March 2016.
Thousands of people reached Laribal and Charsoo early in the morning Thursday to participate in the funeral prayers of the slain militants despite a complete shutdown and restrictions imposed by authorities in these areas.
Several rounds of funerals were held for the slain, given a huge number of people kept pouring in to these villages every passing minute.
In Laribal, at the funeral of Shakoor, dozens of Pakistani flags were hoisted at the funeral ground while people raised pro-Pakistan, pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
“Two groups of militants appeared at the funeral and offered a multiple round gun salute to Shakoor-before they left the venue,” a local source told Kashmir Reader.
He said that Shakoor’s father addressed the people and asked them to forgive Shakoor, “in case he intentionally or unintentionally had hurt anyone,”
“Please come to me if he owes money to any of you. His father is alive. I will pay it back,” Shakoor’s father, Ghulam Nabi said.
Shakoor was buried at the local martyr’s graveyard.
In Charsoo a joint funeral was held for Tawseef and Zubair where thousands of mourners had reached as well. Both of them were draped in Pakistani flags while people chanted pro-Pakistan slogans.
They were buried after multiple rounds of funerals.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in most parts of Pulwama district today.
Internet services were restored late Thursday night in parts of Pulwama district-barring the police district Awantipora.
Train services on the Srinagar-Banihal track also remained suspended today.