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Thousands throng militant’s funeral in south Kashmir village

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Thousands of people on Tuesday participated in several rounds of funeral prayers for slain militant Yawar Bashir in his native village of Hablish in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Yawar was killed along with two associates, Furqan and Abu Maviya, shortly after carrying out an attack on an Indian army convoy in Bonigam village of Qazigund, along the Srinagar-Jammu highway, on Monday. Indian forces retrieved Yawar’s body late on Monday evening from the debris of the house that they blasted to rubble during the gunfight. His body was handed to his family on Tuesday morning.

Soon after word about Yawar’s death broke out, thousands of people from across Kulgam and Islamabad districts started pouring into Hablish village.

“The mourners kept swelling despite an internet ban in force in both Kulgam and Anantnag districts, which kept the news from travelling far,” media quoting local sources said. They said that more than five back-to-back funeral prayers were held for the slain militant after which he was buried at his ancestral graveyard. Yawar’s body was draped in the Pakistan flag and the gathered mourners raised pro-Pakistan, pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

“Women and children were in huge attendance at the funeral,” sources said.

A surveillance drone hovered over the area where people had assembled for the funeral prayers. “That did not deter people from thronging the place in thousands,” local sources said.

Intense clashes erupted after the funeral in Bhadragund area of Qazigund, where the militants were killed, and in Bonigam, where they had attacked the army convoy.

Hundreds of locals of these areas came out to clash with government troops deployed there. People pelted the troops with stones, and the troops fired tear smoke shells to disperse them. Sources said that dozens of vehicles plying on the highway suffered damages during the clashes. Vehicular traffic meandered through the interiors till the clashes ebbed. Train services on the Banihal-Baramulla route were suspended and mobile internet was still shut when this report was filed.