Despite restrictions, thousands attend Srinagar militant's funeral

Despite restrictions, thousands attend Srinagar militant's funeral

Mugees was killed in a brief shootout at Zakura here on Friday. A police sub-inspector was also killed in the exchange of fire. Mugees had left his home on April 8, 2016, his family said.

Despite rains and strict restrictions, thousands of people turned up at the funeral of slain Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen militant Mugees Ahmed Mir at Parimpora here on Saturday amid pro-freedom slogans.

Mugees was killed in a brief shootout at Zakura here on Friday. A police sub-inspector was also killed in the exchange of fire. Mugees had left his home on April 8, 2016, his family said.

A witness said that amid restrictions imposed by the government in almost entire downtown, hundreds of people had assembled in the lawns of Mugees’ home at Parimpora soon after his body reached there Friday evening. “People started coming to his residence. A large number of women also reached his home amid wails,” the witness said.

After fajr (pre-dawn prayers), a large number of people from various parts of Srinagar and also from villages reached Parimpora to participate in the funeral of Mugees. “People were carrying Islamic flags and raising pro-Islam and pro-freedom slogans. Women, children, elderly and youth in large numbers assembled at the residence of slain Mugees,” said Asif Rashid, an eyewitness.

He said a sea of people emerged at Parimpora many of whom used boats in river Jehlum in the wake of restrictions. “I rowed my boat in which 10 people were travelling along with me. Our only aim was to participate in the funeral of slain Mugees,” said Abdur Rashid, a resident of Rainawari, Srinagar.

At around 11:10 a.m, funeral prayers of Mugees were held in a local ground. Hundreds of women were also present, who could be seen beating chests and wailing over the body of Mugees. The slain militant was later buried in martyrs graveyard at Parimpora. A witness said that the area observed complete shutdown against the killing of Mugees.

Many participants alleged that police had laid nakas at various points to bar people from participating in the funeral. The government had imposed restrictions in the areas that include Rainawari, MahrajGunj, Nowhatta, SafaKadal, Parimpora, Khanyar while partial restrictions were in place in Kralkud and Maisuma.

Mugees is second militant from Srinagar killed by government forces in the recent days. In June this year, Sajad Ahmed Gilkar of Nowhatta downtown was killed in an encounter at Redbugh area of Budgam district.

Mild clashes after funeral:

A witness said that many youth engaged forces in pitched battles at Parimpora. The clashes however didn’t intensify due to heavy rains. Police and CRPF personnel could be seen chasing youth. The situation, however, didn’t deteriorate.

Mirwaiz under house arrest, Malik shifted to Central Jail:

According to Hurriyat Conference (M) spokesman, chairman of the amalgam Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest Friday evening.

According to JKLF spokesman, police raided the Maisuma residence of Yasin Malik and arrested him. “Malik was straightaway taken to Central Jail on judicial remand,” the spokesman said.