Coronavirus: First Victim Laid To Rest


The funeral of the 65-year-old businessman, the first person in Kashmir to succumb to coronavirus (COVID-19), the disease that has swept across the globe, took place on Thursday in north Kashmir’s Sopore town of Baramulla district.

Funeral prayers of Sopore resident who died due to Coronavirus on Thursday, March 26, 2020. KL Image by Junaid Bhat

An eyewitness said that at least 25 persons were allowed to participate in funeral prayers of the deceased which took place at his native village in Sopore near Guru petrol pump.

“His cask was carried in by men dressed in protective gear, while the relatives of the deceased wore masks,” he said.

Reports said that the deceased developed symptoms of pneumonia as soon as he returned from Delhi where he had attended a Tableegi Jamaat meeting.

They said that he was admitted to the hospital barely two days back. An established businessman, he is survived by three daughters and a son – all settled.

Authorities have identified and admitted at least four more cases who reported with Coronavirus after attending a religious meeting in Andhra Pradesh. They are all from a Bandipora village.


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