3 slain militants laid to rest in Tral, Shopian amid protests, shutdown

The Jaish-e-Mohammad militant who was killed alongwith a non-local militant in a gunbattle with security forces in Naner village of Tral on Friday was laid to rest at his native village in Darganaie Gund village of South Kashmir’s Tral.

On Saturday morning thousands of people thronged into Darganaie Gund, the native village of slain militant Yawar Ahmad Najar to participate in his funeral prayers. Amid massive pro-freedom slogans and multiple funerals Najar was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard.

A complete shutdown was observed in Tral against the killing of militants.

All shops and other business establishments remain closed in the town while as public transport was off the roads to mourn the militant killings.

People continued to visit the family of slain militant in the native village to express condolences and offer prayers for him.

On Friday two Jaish-e-Mohammad militants Yawar Najar of Darganaie Gund Tral and another unidentified militant were killed in an encounter with security forces in Naner village of Tral. A residential house was also damaged during the gunfight.

Internet service remained blocked on second consecutive day in police district Awantipora.

THOUSANDS PARTICIPATE IN FUNERAL PRAYERS OF MILITANTS IN SHOPIAN:

Thousands of mourners on late Friday evening attended the last rites of two Hizbul Mujahideen militants who were killed earlier in the day during a gunfight with security forces at a village in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

As the bodies of Abid Manzoor Magary alais Sajju Tiger of Navpora Payeen, Pulwama and Bilal Ahmad Bhat of Armulla Lassipora reached their native villages, thousands of mourners converged there and participated in their last rites.

Both Magray and Bhat were killed in a 10-hour long gunfight with security forces in Dragad village on Friday afternoon. A civilian Jasim Ahmad Shah, whom police termed as an associate of militants, was also killed in the incident. While Magray had joined militancy on October 1, 2016, Bhat took up arms on September 24, 2017.

After multiple rounds of funerals prayers, the slain militants were laid to rest in their ancestral graveyards. Meanwhile, mourners continued to visit the families of slain militants to express their solidarity with them.