People attend funeral of slain Sopore militant

People in large numbers late Saturday evening attended the funeral prayers of a slain Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant in north Kashmir’s Sopore village.

Two militants were killed at Warpora area of Sopore on Saturday in a three-day long gunfight with government forces, one among them was identified as Tahir Ahmad War alias Tahir Molvi, a resident of Warpora Sopore.

DIG north Kashmir range M Suleman Choudhary earlier said that the bodies of both the militants were recovered from the encounter site Saturday afternoon and one of them has identified as Tahir Ahmad War alias Tahir Molvi of Warpora and his body was handed over to family in the evening.

Sources said people in large numbers assembled in the native village of the slain militant late Saturday evening to offer funeral prayers.

Amid pro-freedom and pro-Islam slogans, the people carried the body of Tahir Molvi, which was interred at martyrs’ graveyard. His non local associate killed in the encounter has been buried at Sheeri Baramulla.

33 year old Tahir had joined the militant ranks in June 2018. “He was arrested by forces many times on the charge of his ex militant (surrendered) brother, which forced him to join militancy,” said a relative of Tahir on condition of anonymity.

Tahir is survived by his old aged parents, elder brother and a younger sister.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed across Sopore town on Sunday to mourn the killing of two militants.

All shops and other business establishments remained closed while a thin movement of traffic was witnessed on the roads in the town.

Meanwhile, the mobile internet service which was snapped after the gunfight had started on Thursday, was restored on Sunday morning.