In Pictures: Funeral prayers of slain militants in south Kashmir

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by Bilal Bahadur

Srinagar

Several rounds of funeral prayers were offered to the three slain militants killed in a day-long gunfight with the government forces in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of Touseef Ahmad Thoker and Zubair Ahmed Bhat at Chursoo on Friday, January 4, 2018. 

Reports said that thousands of people including women and children attended the funeral prayers of slain militants in Chursoo and Laribal villages of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district amid pro-freedom sloganeering.

Mourners shouted slogans during the joint funeral prayer of slain militants in Awantipora on Friday, January 4, 2019.

They said that four rounds of funeral prayers were held for Touseef Ahmad Thoker and Zubair Ahmed Bhat at Chursoo and three rounds of funeral prayers were held for Shakoor Ahmad Parray at Laribal.

Bodies of two slain militants Touseef Ahmad Thoker and Zubair Ahmed Bhat at Chursoo.

One of the slain militants, Tawseef Ahmad Thokar had done masters in mathematics, and before joining the militancy on May 14, 2018, he was working as a teacher at high school in Awantipora.

A female relative wailing near the body of one slain militant during his funeral procession at Chursoo village of Awantipora on January 4, 2019. 

His father Ghulam Mohi-ud-deen Thoker is a retired headmaster, who was arrested under Public Safety Act (PSA) in 2016 when Kashmir remained shut for six months after the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani. Tawseef is survived by two brothers, two sisters, and parents. He was the second elder son.

Mourners during the funeral procession of slain militants at Chursoo Awantipora.

Another militant Zubair Ahmad Bhat had also joined a militant group JeM outfit. He joined militancy on May 10, 2018.

Scores of men and women wept bitterly as the bodies were being carried towards its final resting place.

Zubair is survived by his parents, two sisters and a brother Ishfaq Ahmed. Zubair was the youngest one. His father Bashir Ahmed Bhat is handicapped and his brother Ishaq Ahmed runs the family by working in a nearby bandsaw in Chursoo. Before joining militancy Zubair had passed his class tenth and was studying in senior secondary school.

Children watch the funeral procession of two militants at Chursoo village of Awantipora.

The third slain militant Shakoor Ahmad Parray had joined militancy on October 2, 2017. He was the cousin brother of slain militant Ishaq Parray, a resident of Laribal, commonly known as ‘Newton’.

Meanwhile, the complete shutdown is being observed in Awantipora to mourn the militant killings.

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