Bemina youth laid to rest
Photo: Habib Naqash/GK

Bemina youth laid to rest

Amid pro-Islam and pro-freedom slogans, hundreds of people Wednesday participated in the funeral prayers of slain Sheikh Tanvir Sultan of Bemina area here, who was killed in a shoot-out at Kud near Udhampur on June 13.

Amid pro-Islam and pro-freedom slogans, hundreds of people Wednesday participated in the funeral prayers of slain Sheikh Tanvir Sultan of Bemina area here, who was killed in a shoot-out at Kud near Udhampur on June 13.

Tanvir was laid to rest in martyrs' graveyard Batamaloo here next to his elder brother who was a militant and was killed in an encounter with forces many years ago.

According to the family members of Tanvir, they approached Police Control Room (PCR) Srinagar in the morning and sought possession of the body. 

"The body was handed over to us and we brought it to native place Bemina. A large number of people including women were waiting to have the last glimpse of my brother," said Tanvir's elder brother Arshid Sultan.  

He said within no time a local ground adjacent to their house got filled with hundreds of people, especially youth, who were ready to shoulder the coffin of the slain.

"I had managed a vehicle to ferry my brother's body from Bemina to martyrs' graveyard Batamaloo. But a large number of youth said they would ferry the coffin of Tanvir on their shoulders. I had no choice but to agree," Arshid said. 

He said the funeral was offered at Ibrahim Colony, Bemina and prayers were led by the Imam of the local Masjid.

Witnesses said that scores of women also converged on the ground where Tanvir's funeral prayer was being offered. 

Soon after the funeral, Tanvir's body was carried in a procession from Bemina to martyrs' graveyard Batamaloo.  

At Batamaloo, where many people were waiting for the body, insisted for another funeral which was led by slain's brother, Arshid Sultan.

Stone pelting at Batamaloo

Witnesses said that soon after the burial of Tanvir, dozens of youth took to streets at Batamaloo and resorted to massive stone pelting forcing police to fire teargas and pellets to disperse the protestors.

At least five protestors sustained pellet injuries, who were brought to SMHS hospital for treatment.

Pertinently, Tanvir was killed in a brief shoot-out at Kud near Udhampur two days ago. 

Police and the government had termed him a militant who according to them had opened fire on the CRPF camp. 

Police had claimed that some ammunition including AK-47 and a pistol were recovered from his possession. 

However, Tanvir's family contested both government and police claims and stated that "he was a psychiatric patient since 1997 and had left for Amritsar on June 13 for the treatment of his shoulder injury." 

Police had delayed handing over the body to his family till late evening on June 14. The slain's family and the local Coordination Committee had already announced that they won't lay Tanvir to rest in the darkness. 

Meanwhile, elder brother of slain Tanvir, Basharat Sultan after offering the funeral prayers of his brother fainted and developed some heart problem. 

"He was shifted to SKIMS Soura and is being treated for decreased heart rate," family sources said.

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