Slain Tanveer’s Funeral and Simmering Bemina

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

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Thousands of people Wednesday attended the funeral prayers of Tanvir Sultan Sheikh who was killed in Kud “gunfight” on Monday.

Family sources said that the body of Tanveer was handed over to the family in the wee hours of this morning.

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Eye-witnesses said that Tanveer’s funeral procession was held at Bemina at his residential place where thousands of people participated and after the people accompanied the body of the slain youth from his residential place, Bemina to Martyrs graveyard Batamaloo.

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Witnesses said that his second funeral procession was held at Dandirkhah Batamaloo, which was also attended by the thousands of people.

Tanveer was buried in Martyrs graveyard Batamaloo where his elder brother Gowhar Sultan, then Divisional Commander of Tehreek-ul-Mujahiiden, lies buried besides his grave.

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The people accompanying Tanveer’s body were chanting pro-freedom, anti-India and pro-Islam slogans.

Police and paramilitary forces had been deployed in strength in the area to thwart any possible protest.

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Meanwhile, a spontaneous shutdown was observed in Batamaloo area and Bemina area of Srinagar against the killing of Tanveer.

Protesters throw stones at police officers during clashes after the funeral procession of Tanveer Sultan Sheikh, a suspected militant in Srinagar, 15 June 2016. Sheikh and a civilian woman were killed and three Indian paramilitary soldiers were critically injured in a shoot out on 13 June at Kud in Jammu regionPHOTO BY BILAL BAHADUR

All the shops and business establishments remain closed throughout the day while the public transport was thin on roads.

Clashes erupted between youth and forces in Batamaloo area of Srinagar after the body was slain youth was laid to rest.

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Witnesses said that youth took to streets while chanting anti-India, pro-freedom slogans. “Police resorted to tear smoke shells to disperse the agitated protesters in the area,” witnesses said.

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On Tuesday, the government in assembly had said that Tanveer Sultan Sheikh, son of Muhammad Sultan Sheikh, resident of Bemina was a militant and he was killed in a shoot-out with police and paramilitary forces in Kud on Srinagar-Jammu highway.

Nonetheless, family contested the claims stating that how an active militant can stay freely at home. “Tanveer was innocent. He was travelling to Amritsar for medical check-up,” family said.

Note: Text by Kashmir News Service (KNS) and KL Images by Bilal Bahadur

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