Jahangeer Ganaie

Six militants killed in twin encounters laid to rest

Six militants killed in twin encounters laid to rest
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Shopian/Pulwama: The six militants killed in two separate encounters in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district and Shirmal village of Shopian district in South Kashmir were laid to rest Wednesday after multiple funeral prayers for the slain with thousands of people participating in the funeral prayers.
Witnesses said that the people assembled in Dragad, Shirmal, Chillipora and Nazimpora villages of Shopian district to offer funeral prayers of militants killed in the twin gunfights.
ShamsulHaq, Shoaib Shah, AamirBhat were killed in an encounter at ShirmalShopian on Tuesday while as Ruban was killed along with his two associates in Budgam district on Monday.
Similar gathering was witnessed at Lassipora and NoporaPayeen villages of Pulwama district at the funeral prayers of Sabzar Ahmad and TowseefItoo who were killed in a gunfight on Monday at Hapatnar village of Budgam district.
Eyewitnesses said that militants appeared at the funeral of Syed Ruban at NazimporaShopian and Shoaib Shah at ShirmalShopian and offered gun salute before leaving the spot.
Reports said that multiple funeral prayers were offered to the slain to accommodate the rush of people.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani also addressed the mourners at ShamsulHaq’s funeral. Haq’s brother Inam-ul-Haq is an IPS officer posted in northeast India.
The twin districts also observed a complete shutdown to mourn the death of six militants.
All the shops and business establishments remained closed in the twin districts and traffic also was off the roads.
Ruban who joined militant ranks in July 2018, according to his family was harassed by forces so many times.
“Rubaan joined militant ranks after he was being detained frequently by the forces over the past couple of years,” the family said.
Tawseef Ahmad Wani, son of GhulamMohiudinWani of NowporaPayeen and a B.A drop out has joined ranks last year. “He was never arrested before nor did he show any inclination towards militants ever,” his brother said.
Tawseef belongs to economically weak family and has left behind three brothers, one sister and a widow mother while as his father has died several years before.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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