SHOPIAN: Thousands of mourners including women and children reached Arihal and Drabgam villages on Friday to bid farewell to slain local militants Inayat Abdullah Zargar and Shahid Baba.
Witnesses said that people raised anti-India, pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and pro-militant slogans and many people raised Pakistan flags during the funerals.
Women and children were seen beating their chests and wailing while the bodies of the militants were being taken towards the graveyards. The bodies of both the militants were lowered into earth after Friday congregational prayers were held in these twin villages of Pulwama.
Shahid Baba, son of late Mushtaq Ahmad Baba, resident of Drabgam village, was studying in the second year of graduation at Pulwama degree college when he joined militant ranks on 28 February 2018, according to family sources. They said he was the youngest among three siblings and his family is one of the biggest landlords in the area, owning over 50 kanals of land.
A relative said that despite having all comforts, Shahid chose the gun and after 11 months of being a militant he was killed at his native village.
The relative said that Shahid had no police record and had never been arrested before he joined militant ranks.
Another relative informed that Shahid’s father, Mushtaq, was killed by unidentified gunmen some 15 years ago.
Inayat Abdullah Zargar, son of Muhammad Abdullah Zargar, resident of Arihal village, was according to family sources just a three-day-old militant.
A relative said that Inayat has left behind three siblings including two sisters and his parents. He said that before joining militant ranks, Inayat was a driver by profession and was 19 years old.
Villagers said that Inayat was the second militant from the village to be killed since January 26 this year. Another militant of Jaish-e-Mohammad, Sakib Ahmad, was killed on Srinagar outskirts at Khanmoh along with one other militant who was a Pakistani.
According to police, Shahid Baba was active in Shopian and Pulwama areas and was involved in conspiring and executing several attacks on forces’ establishments, including grenade attacks. Inayat, according to police, was an over-ground worker of militants before joining militant ranks this month.