Thousands attend funeral of LeT militant in Handwara


Thousands of people on Saturday attend funeral prayers of slain  Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant Sajad Ahmad Shah at Chowgul village of north Kashmir’s  Handwara town in district Kupwara.

Sajad Ahmad Shah son of Ali Mohammad Shah resident of Gund Chowgul village of Handwara, who was active since past one year was killed in a gunfight in Chatpura area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday.

Police in a statement said that slain Sajad was involved in a number of attacks on the security forces.

According to reports people from adjoining villages and other far-flung areas of the district Kupwara marched to the Chowgul village on Saturday morning to attend the funeral prayers of Sajad.

Eyewitnesses said that thousands of mourners gathered at Chowgul village on early Saturday and staged massive protests against the killing of Sajad in an encounter in south Kashmir village.

The mourners including women and children shouted pro-freedom, pro-Pakistani and anti-India slogans.

Reports added that despite bad weather conditions people in large numbers arrived at Chowgul village to attend the slain militant’s last rites, adding that he was laid to rest amid sobs and tears at his ancestral village.

Meanwhile, the complete shutdown is observed in  Handwara to mourn the killing, while authorities had snapped internet services in parts of Kupwara district as a precautionary measure.


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