Jahangeer Ganaie

Physiotherapist among two militants killed in Bijbehara

Physiotherapist among two militants killed in Bijbehara
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Anantnag: A physiotherapist was one among the two militants killed in Bijbehara town of Anantnag district on Thursday early morning.
An official said that two militants were killed in an encounter that raged between government forces and militants in Bangandar Mohalla of Bijbehara town.
He added that a joint of army’s 3RR and SOG launched a cordon and search operation in Bangandar Mohalla of the Town following credible input about the presence of some militants in the area.
The official said that soon after the joint team of forces intensified the search towards the suspect spot, the militant opened indiscriminate fire which was retaliated leading to an encounter.
In exchange of fire, two militants were killed who were identified as Dr Burhan Ahmad Ganaie from SK Colony Anantnag and Safdar Amin from Zirpora Bijbehara, he added.
Meanwhile, soon after the news about the killing of militants spread, clashes erupted in Bijbehara and Anantnag towns.
Witnesses said that youth took to streets and started pelting stones on government forces which was retaliated by tear smoke and sound shells.
Later in the day thousands of people participated in funeral prayers of both the militants at Zirpora Bijbehara and SK Colony Anantnag.
Witnesses said that thousands of people participated in the funerals of Burhan at SK Colony and Safdar at Zirpora Bijbehara.
They said both were laid to rest after multiple rounds of funeral prayers amid intense pro freedom and pro militant slogans.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in the district against the killing and internet services were also snapped in the Anantnag and Kulgam districts as precautionary measures.
Notably, Burhan had joined militant ranks in June 2018 while as Safdar had joined Hizb in May 2017.
Burhan’s father Ghulam Mohammad, who is a retired Zonal Education Officer, said that in June last year Burhan left home normally and he didn’t return home till late evening.
“We called our every relative and his friends but couldn’t find him anywhere. We were forced to lodge a missing report at concerned police station,” he said, adding that we all got shocked as two days after filing a missing report his photograph while holding a gun went viral.
“My brother was very soft hearted and had completed his bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from SKIMS and was about to start his internship but he choose the other path,” said his sister.
“He was very intelligent and was the sole hope of our family as we don’t have any source of income without the father’s pension,” she said.
Pertinently Burhan’s family especially his mother had repeatedly asked Burhan to return home however, he turned a deaf ear to the pleas of his family members.
Burhan according to his family was suffering from a neurological disorder and was on medication before joining ranks.
Burhan is survived by three sisters, a brother and parents.
Safdar a school dropout was a driver before joining militant ranks in year 2017, locals said.
He was never arrested before joining the militant ranks and was very down to the earth person from his early age, they said.
Belonging to a poor family Sadfar is survived by a brother and sister besides his parents.

Jahangeer Ganaie

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

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