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Thousands attend funeral of Nasarullah in north Kashmir village

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Thousands of people in Hajin participated in the last rites of Nasarullah Mir who was Wednesday killed in an encounter with Indian forces in Rakh (Paribal) area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora area. 

Media reports quoting witnesses said that men, women and children took to roads and participated in the final rites of the slain local Mujahid (freedom fighter) in Hajin, 38 kilometers (24 miles) north of Srinagar. The mourners raised pro-Islam, pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Large contingent of Police and Para-military troopers had been deployed on roads.

The reports added that youth clashed with police after the killing of these two militants.

Authorities closed educational institutions in Bandipora district and some parts of Baramulla district following the culmination of encounter. Authorities also snapped internet service.

According to the orders of District Magistrate Bandipora, class work shall remain suspended in Government Degree College Sumbal, Government Higher Secondary Sumbal, Government Higher Secondary school Hajin, Government Higher Secondary school Naidkhai and Government High School Sumbal on Wednesday.

He said the class work has been suspended “as a precautionary measure”. 

Soon after the burial, intense clashes erupted in Hajin area of Bandipora district in northern part of Kashmir on Wednesday.

Reports said the youth were protesting and shouting anti-India slogans. They also pelted stones on the forces deployed in the area, triggering clashes.

Police fired teargas shells and pellets to disperse the protesting people.

Earlier, thousands of people converged to participate in the funeral prayers of the slain. The funeral witnessed massive pro freedom and anti-Islam slogans, sources said.

Womenfolk amid eyes full of tears sang eulogies while mourners carried slain Nasrullah’s body through the streets of Hajin before his funeral was held, local sources said.

Nasrullah was a resident of Mir Mohalla in Hajin and had koined the militant ranks in May 2017.

Nasrullah Mir and another militant, Abu Bakar alias Ali Baba of Pakistan were killed in a brief gunfight with forces in Hajin area of Bondipora. Ali Baba was secretly buried in Uri Gantmohalla.

Two Air Force commandos were also killed in the gunfight.