After 11 funerals, slain Pulwama militant laid to rest
Southern districts observe shutdown to mourn civilian, militant killings
Pulwama: Thousands of people on Saturday turned up for the funeral procession of Majid Manzoor Dar, a slain militant who was killed by government forces in a gunfight along with three associates in Khiram village of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday.
Eyewitnesses said that thousands of people participated in the last rites of the slain militant at his native Talangam in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
They said that people including children and women thronged Talangam village on Friday evening and thousands spent night there to have a last glimpse of the slain militant.
Witnesses said that the at least 11 rounds of funeral prayers were held for the slain militant following which he was laid to rest at his native graveyard amid pro-freedom slogans.
The body was handed over to legal heirs on Friday afternoon and about seven rounds of funeral prayers were offered on Friday and four rounds on Saturday, they said.
Pertinently, Majid joined militant ranks on 29 June in 2017 after passing 12th class examinations and was initially associated with Hizb before joining ISJK.
Majid is survived by four siblings, two brothers and two sisters besides his parents.
Notably, Dar was killed along with three associates, including the Chief of Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir, Dawood Salafi of HMT Srinagar, in a gunfight with government forces in Srigufwara area of Anantnag district on Friday.
A civilian and a police cop also lost their lives while as dozens were injured during the encounter and the subsequent protests.
Meanwhile, to mourn the civilian and militant killings, many parts of South Kashmir remained shut.
A complete shutdown was observed in Bijbehara, Dachnipora, Sangam, Awantipora, Litter, Lassipora, Tahab, Pulwama, Kakapora and many other areas of South Kashmir.
Sources said that all the business establishments and shops remained closed while as public transport also remained off the roads.