KL News Network
Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of the slain militant Rayees Ahmad Dar who was killed in a swift encounter Saturday afternoon in the immediate periphery of the highway town. The town has gone into mourning strike which affected Pulawama also where no shops were open on Sunday.
Informed sources told Kashmir Life that SOG and army had cordoned off a Begum Bagh locality on the fringes of the town after they received information that two militants were hiding there. Militants tried to give the army slip in which Dar was instantly killed and his accomplice left the bike there and manage to leave the cordoned belt.
The corpse of Dar was with the locality for the night and they decided to lay him to rest on Sunday. Hundreds of people from the entire belt attended his funeral, reports said. Officials said the transport remained affected because of the tension and there were some minor instances of stone pelting too. The area has witnessed adequate deployment of the police and the paramilitary forces.
The funeral prayers were conducted in the premises of the local higher secondary school. Hundreds of women were also seen part of the mourning procession.
Dar was a resident of Kakpora town. He is considered to be recent militant. His family had published a missing notice in the local newspapers in October suggested that he had gone to see a minor relative admitted in the children’s hospital on October 6, 2016. Since then he had not reported home, his father Abdul Rehman Dar had said in the paid advertisement. Rayees had completed his three years diploma in civil engineering.
Knowing the reaction to the young man’s killing would be fierce; authorities had already taken adequate measures. Three examination centres of Kakpora and one from Bahoo was quickly shifted to Pulwamma. Officials associated with the exercise said that all students reported to their new centres in time and there was not a single absentee.
Under the separatist sponsored ‘calendar’, Sunday was the second day of full-day-relaxation since July 9. While rest of Kashmir is normal, the Kakpora belt and parts of Pulwama gone into instant mourning strike after Dar’s killing.