Multiple rounds of funerals were held for two slain militants in Tral where militants reportedly paid gun salute to Ishfaq Ahmad Khan son of Ghulam Nabi khan and Abid Mabool Bhat son of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat as thousands participated in the mourning raising pro-freedom and anti-Indian slogans.
The two militants were killed in a gunfight on Tuesday in upper reaches of Gutengo forest area along with two foreigners, Ummar Khalid
and Yasir, both Pakistan nationals.
Local residents said that people marched towards Handura, native village of Ishfaq and Khanigund, native village of Abid since early morning and later took part in the funerals.
“The first round of funerals was held at around 9:30 am for both the militants in their respective villages,” the residents said, adding that within a span of two and half hours four back-to-back rounds of funeral prayers were held for each militant.
The residents told Rising Kashmir that when the third round of funeral was in progress they heard some gunshots.
A police source informed that they received inputs that some militants appeared in the funeral and fired three to four rounds in air. Paying gun salutes to their killed associates has become a trend with militants in recent past in South Kashmir. The militants were buried in their respective villages late in the afternoon.
Local residents said that clashes erupted in various villages of Aripal tehsil including Aripal, Pastuna and Wagad. “Youth hurled stones and bricks on forces, who intensified patrolling after news of gun salute spread,” said a resident.
“The forces fired teargas shells to disperse stone-pelting youth. The clashes erupted in the morning and continued till evening,” the residents said.
Ishfaq was a mason and had attempted to snatch a weapon in Pampore in 2014 and was apprehended and booked under Public Safety Act (PSA). After released from jail, Ishfaq Joined militant ranks in 2016.
Abid, a polytechnic student, joined militant ranks in March this year. His father is said to be a constable in police. Meanwhile, a complete
shutdown was observed in Tral against the militant killings.