Amid tears, Shopian teenager laid to rest

Thousands of people on Sunday participated in the funeral prayers of teenage girl, Saima Wani, who succumbed at SKIMS Srinagar on Saturday night.
Amid tears, Shopian teenager laid to rest
Photo: Mir Wasim/GK

Thousands of people on Sunday participated in the funeral prayers of teenage girl, Saima Wani, who succumbed at SKIMS Srinagar on Saturday night.

At least two back to back funerals were held to accommodate the huge rush of mourners who had turned up at Saima's native village in Aodoo Shopian.

Saima (18) was injured during a gunfight between militants and government forces on 24 January in Chaigund hamlet of the district.

The deceased was also sister of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Sameer Ahmad Wani who was killed in the gunbattle with forces.  With her death, the number of civilians killed in Shopian since 25 January 25 has reached six.

As per locals, Saima had recently passed her 12th class examinations and was going to pursue graduation from the nearest Government Degree College Shopian. She is survived by her elder sister, brother and parents. Her mother is suffering from multiple-ailments, one of her neighbor said.

Thousands of people from Pulwama, Shopian and adjoining villages participated in her funeral prayers amid pro-freedom slogans. 'Taranas were broadcast over the public address systems during the funeral.

She was later laid to rest next to her militant brother, Sameer Wani at her ancestral graveyard amid tears and sobs.

At her residence, everyone was in tears. Thousands of people including her friends visited the bereaved family to express their condolences. 

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama and Shopian districts against her killing.

All shops and business establishments remain closed in these districts and both public as well as private transport remained off from the roads. Mobile internet service remained suspended in both districts after authorities snapped the service on Saturday night. 

Eyewitnesses said that unidentified youths made announcements on the loudspeakers at various mosques about the consecutive shutdown in the Shopian district until the arrested youths are not released by police. 

Earlier police had arrested two youths from Bonbazar area of Shopian during a night raid on 7 February.

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