Abu Qasim Bid Adieu with ‘21-Gun Salute’



'Abu Qasim'
‘Abu Qasim’

In a recap of 1990s situation, slain militant commander, ‘Abu Qasim’, was given a ’21-Gun salute’ by fellow militants at his funeral in South Kashmir early today.

Reports and local witnesses said that when Abu Qasim, who died in a gun fight with forces early Thursday morning, was being bid final adieu by people from South Kashmir parts in Bugam village of Kulgam, militants – four in number – appeared and fired few gun shots in  air.

“Militants participated in the Nimaz-e-Jinaza and honoured their commander while firing bullets shots in air,” locals said.

Such incidents were reported in early 1990s when a militant died in fight with forces.

Heavy pro-freedom sloganeering and intense clashes were reported from Kulgam while people from three major districts, have reportedly, fought over the burial of Abu Qasim. They had been demanding that Abu Qasim be buried in their areas as “he had spent more time there”.


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