Slain lecturer militant Azhar laid to rest in Kupwara, thousands participate in funeral prayers

Muhammad Abu Bakar


The funeral of Azhar in Kupwara (KL Image: Muhammad Abu Bakar)

The slain Natnusa militant was laid to rest on Sunday morning. Braving harsh weather and amid-intense pro-freedom sloganeering, the Hizb rebel was laid to rest in his native village in North Kashmir’s Kupwara

Identified as Azharudin khan, alias Umar Ghazi, locals said that the incident on April 12, 2016 changed his life. The locals added that the incident of alleged molestation of school girl by an army man in Handwara ’pushed’ him to pick the gun. Working as a lecturer, Azhar had done

After the incident and killing few youth in district by forces, Azhar left his home as well as job. He was working as lecturer in Arabic.

One of his family member told Kashmir Life that “we had never thought that he will join the ranks of rebels . Actually the Handwara molestation case changed him a lot.”

Mourners having the last glimpse of Azhar in his native village in Kupwara (KL Image: Muhammad Abu Bakar)

When the body reached his home village Tarus Natnusa, thousands of people from different parts of Kupwara district assembled to pay tributes and offer funeral prayers.

Among the mourners were the women in large number who showered candies and flower petals on Azhar’s mortal remains. His body was laid to rest at around 10 am

Pertinently Azhar died along with his  another associate Sajad Ahmad lone alias Baber  of Bomai Sopore in a gun battle with forces in Sopore Amargarh  area.


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