Four back-to-back funeral prayers for Mudasir in Kulgam

A local militant, Mudasir Ahmad Bhat, hailing from Parigam area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in his native place, here after multiple funerals.
Thousands of people attended four back to back funerals of Mudasir amidst chanting of pro-freedom, pro-militants and anti-India slogans. People from across the south Kashmir had reached the place to participate in the funeral prayers of the slain militant.
Mudasir, a physical education teacher in a local government school, had gone missing few months after killing of Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016. He had left his home to attend a marriage ceremony of his friend in Delhi.
Mudasir’s family was unaware about his fate until photos of dead body went viral on social media networking sites few days back.
Mudasir after going missing had crossed the LoC and on his return to Valley on May 25, he along with four of his associates was killed in a gunfight with troops in Tangdhar area of Kupwara district.
“We came to know about his killing via social media when photos of his body went viral. After recognizing him in photos, we approached authorities for handing over his body so that we could give him a proper burial,” said one of his relative.
He said after Mudasir went missing, many tales had started doing rounds. “Some said he may have been murdered by someone. We were not aware as to where he had gone. All we knew was that he went to attend the marriage of some of his friend from Baramulla in Delhi from where he called once and afterwards there was no word from him”.
Five militants, including Mudasir and another local youth, Shiraz Ahmad Sheikh of Lajoora Pulwama, and three Pakistani nationals were killed in an encounter with army in Tangdhar sector on May 25.
Bodies of two local militants were exhumed last night after getting formal orders from the administration.
Later, the bodies were handed over to the families after DNA and other forensic samples were extracted to establish their identity.
Mudasir, according to police sources, had proper valid visa for Pakistan and it is believed that he may have crossed the border on valid visa.
Mudasir’s father, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, a retired bank manager, all these days urged locals not to put anyone into inconvenience by observing shutdown or stopping vehicles anywhere.
“Mudasir’s father put up a brave fight since the body of his son was recognised on the internet. As their native place swelled with mourners to pay tributes to Mudasir, he urged youth not to pelt stones on forces and let the public transport ply in the district. He also appealed everyone in the district not to observe any shutdown as the holy month of Ramzan was on and a shutdown might put locals to inconvenience,” said one of his neighbour.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in parts of Kulgam district with a minor stone pelting incident in the main town today.
The authorities had suspended the mobile internet services in Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama districts after bodies of two slain militants reached their respective native places.