Anantnag: Thousands of people thronged Kulgam and Anantnag villages late Sunday evening and early Monday morning to take part in funeral prayers held for five local Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants killed by government forces in Kellam village of Kulgam district on Sunday.
The slain militants, four from Kulgam district and one from Anantnag, were killed over a six-hour-long gun battle with government forces. They were identified as Waseem Bashir Rather of Ashmuji Kulgam, Zahid Parray of DH Pora Kulgam, Idrees Bhat of Arwini in Anantnag, Aqib Nazir of Zangal Pora Kulgam, and Parvaiz Bhat of Qaimoh Kulgam. Their bodies were handed over to their families late Sunday evening.
Thousands of mourners reached these villages and attended multiple rounds of funeral prayers that began late Sunday evening for three of the slain, Waseem, Zahid and Parvaiz.
They were buried amid intense anti-India and pro-Pakistan sloganeering. Hundreds of people stayed back in Zangalpora and Arwini villages overnight at the militants’ houses.
These people were Monday morning joined by thousands more, following which several rounds of funeral prayers were held for Idrees and Aqib.
The villages, however, remained calm and no protests were reported from these areas following the burial of the militants.
A shutdown was observed across the south Kashmir region today. Train services on the Srinagar-Banihal track remained suspended for the day.
Mobile internet services in Kulgam district remained snapped for the second consecutive day on Monday.