Teenager Ashiq was ‘last’ militant of Palhalan


Palhalan, the area once known for militancy and stone-pelting incidents buried its last militant on Tuesday, reveal records.

Ashiq Ahmad Bhat was the ‘last’ militant of the area.

Ashiq Ahmad Bhat (Image :Facebook)

Survived by three brothers, two sisters and parents, Ashiq according to police joined militant ranks in April 2015 when he was a Class 10th student. “No FIR stands registered against him in any police station,” said a police official to local news agency.

After police handed over body to his family, thousands of people assembled at the house of the slain militant who was taken in a procession and then laid to rest at martyrs graveyard Palahalan  amid pro freedom slogans on Tuesday afternoon.

Thousands of mourners participated in the last rites of Ashiq, a Hizb militant who was killed along with his associate Toib Majid of Brat Kalan Sopore in Zachildara area of Handwara town in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Monday night.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted between protesters and the government forces deployed in the area shortly after the culmination of last rites of the Ashiq.

Reports said that a large number of people participated in the last rites of another Hizb slain militant Toib Majid at Bratkalan Sopore.

The mourners chanted pro-freedom slogans. The shops and other business establishments remained shut in Palhalan, Pattan and Bratkalan and adjacent areas.

Meanwhile Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has paid his tributes to slain youth Tyeb Majeed and Ashiq Hussain, saying that youth are laying their precious lives for a sacred cause and reiterated his pledge to carry their mission to its logical end.


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