thousands people participated in funeral prayers of slain civilian and two militants in three neighbouring villages of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Thursday.
Shakir Ahmad Mir, 17, son of Mohammad Yusuf Mir of Qalampora village, who was killed in forces firing near encounter site at Chaigund, Shopian yesterday, was laid to rest in a graveyard in his native village amidst pro-freedom and anti-Indian sloganeering.
Multiple funeral prayers were offered for him as people kept on pouring the area.
Two militants were also killed in the encounter with the forces in Chaigund, Shopian yesterday.
Shakir, who had dropped from school to shoulder responsibilities of his family, was driving a tractor to earn his livelihood.
“He couldn’t continue his studies beyond 5th class and had to do manual labour after his father was rendered jobless due to psychiatric illness,” Shakir’s uncle, Ghulam Mohammad Mir told Rising Kashmir.
He said on the fateful day, he was in his apple orchid in neighbouring Audoo village near the site of encounter.
“He received a bullet on the backside of his head and died on spot,” his uncle said.
Shakir is survived by elderly parents, three brothers and a sister.
In Ganowpora which is around 2 kilometers from Audoo, two rounds of funeral prayers were held for the slain militant, Firdous Ahmad. Thousands of people attended his funeral prayers amidst chanting of pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
A cousin of Firdous said his body was severely mutilated.
“His arms and legs were amputated,” he alleged.
Firdous, 22, had joined militant ranks in September last year. He was area commander for Hizbul Mujahedeen.
Villagers in Ganowpora said he had joined Ansar Gazwat-ul –Hind, which is headed by Zakir Musa, some eight days ago.
They told Rising Kashmir that Firdous had done diploma in paramedics and had joined SMHS as a medical assistant.
The militant had made his last will that flags endorsing nationalism shouldn’t be unfurled in his funeral.
“He joined militant ranks because he was convinced that this is the right path to fight oppression,” the villagers said.
In Audoo village, five rounds of funerals were held for local militant, Sameer Ahmad Wani in which a large number of people participated despite restrictions imposed by authorities.
Sameer had dropped from 12th class to join militant ranks.
A cousin of Sameer, who identified himself as Lateef Ahmad, said he had joined militant ranks about eight months back.
The villagers said he often used to take part in anti- India protests and was detained in Pulwama some time ago.
“He was getting repeated calls from police station Keegam to present himself before them before he went missing to join militant ranks,” his cousin said.
Sameer too had joined Zakir Musa headed Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind and had made his last will that flags endorsing nationalism shouldn’t be unfurled in his funeral, the villagers said.
Sameer was the first youth from his native area to join any militant outfit.
He left his students when he was 1st year student of undergraduate course, to join the militant ranks.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Shopian, Pulwama and Kulgam districts against the civilian and militant killings.
All the shops and other business establishments remained shut while traffic remained off the roads in these areas.
The mobile internet services remained affected in Shopian and Pulwama district.