The two militants, one of them Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit chief Masood Azhar’s nephew, who were killed in a gunfight with government forces at Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, were buried on Wednesday.
While the Azhar’s nephew Mohammad Usman has been buried at Gantmulla area of Sheeri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the other militant, Showkat Ahmad Khan was laid to rest at his ancestral Village of Handoora,Tral and thousands of people participated in his funeral.
Eyewitnesses said that at least four rounds of funeral prayers were held to accommodate a rush of people who reached the village from nearby and far-off areas.
They said a militant appeared in the funeral and offered a gun salute to Showkat at his native village.
Police said on Wednesday that besides arms and ammunition including M4 and AK 47 rifles, other “incriminating materials” was recovered from the site of encounter. “The group was involved in a series of attacks and firing on the (government) forces’ camp from a distance, in recent times,” a police spokesman said.
Regarding Usman, sources said that he was laid to rest at Gantmulla at around 9:30 p.m. Usman’s charred body was handed over to local Auqaf committee by police. The foreign militants killed in the Valley are buried in far-off places including Baramulla and Kupwara districts. (GNS)