Multiple funerals held for Zeenat, aide; associates offer gun salute

Srinagar

Multiple funerals were held on Sunday for the slain militant commander, Zeenat-ul-Islam and his associate Shakeel Ahmad, who were killed in a gunfight with government forces in Yaripora area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday.

Mourners during the funeral of slain militant commander Zeenat-ul-Islam in Sugan area of Shopian on Sunday, January 13, 2019. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Reports said pro-freedom and pro-Islam slogans were raised during the funeral of both slain militants, Zeenat-ul-Islam of Sugan and Shakeel Ahmad Dar of Chilli Pora at their native villages.

They said that five rounds of funeral prayers were held for Zeenat so far and four rounds of funeral prayers were also held for Shakeel Ahmad Dar to accommodate a huge rush of mourners who reached from nearby and far-off areas.

An eyewitness said that scores of men and women wept bitterly as the bodies were being carried for the funeral prayers. Soon after the funeral prayers, a group of militants appeared in the crowd and offered a gun salute.

He said that strict restrictions have been put in place in most areas of the district by deploying extra para-military troopers to foil protests.

Earlier at least eleven persons were injured after government forces opened fire at mourners gathered for funeral prayers of Al Badr commander Zeenat ul Islam at Sugan.

Meanwhile, the complete shutdown is being observed in south Kashmir parts to mourn the militant killings.

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