Saddam’s mother gives gun salute to son

Slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Saddam Paddar’s mother fires gunshot in air using police deserter Syed Naveed’s rifle in Heff, where bodies of her son and Bilal Moulvi were kept as people were still thronging the area.

The locals said Syed Naveed Mushtaq, a policeman who had decamped with four Self Loading Rifles while being on guard duty outside Food Corporation of India facility at Chandpora in Budgam district, was among the militants who visited the Heff area to pay their homage to Paddar and other militants killed in today’s gunfight in Shopian.

They said Saddam’s mother pressed trigger of the gun held by Naveed and fired some rounds in the air in the evening.
Earlier, during the day militants fired several rounds in air to pay their respects to the slain militants.
A local said thousands are still sitting in open in the area and chanting pro-freedom, pro-militant and anti-India slogans.

He said people from Srinagar, Budgam, Anantnag and other places have reached the area to pay homage to Paddar and his associates.
Saddam Paddar, who had gone been active since 2014, was a 10th class drop out and close aide of slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani.
He hails from a well to do family, who own several acres of orchards. He left behind a brother, two sisters and parents.

Saddam and Molvi Bilal both hailed from Heff Shopian and their bodies would be buried tomorrow.
Another militant killed in today’s gunfight, Aadil Malik was buried after six back to back funeral prayers at his native place Malikgund Shopian.
He had joined militant ranks in 2015.