Hundreds Attend Militants’ Funeral18 February 2010
Sopore: Hundreds of people attended the funeral of two local Jaish-e-Mohammad militants, who were killed in a gunfight with troopers at Muqam, Baramulla on Wednesday. A civilian was injured while clearing debris at the encounter site on Thursday. Two Jaish militants Qari Salahudin of Chenad Sangrama and Lateef Ahmad Wani of Kreeri were killed in a day-long encounter with troopers at Muqam, Baramulla on Wednsday. The bodies of the slain militants were handed over to their family members late in the evening by police. They were laid to rest on Thursday afternoon amidst chanting of pro-Islamic, pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Hundreds of people attended the Nimaz-e-Jinaza of the slain militants. They reiterated that they will continue to support the struggle till the goal is achieved. Meanwhile, a civilian was injured while clearing the debris in the encounter site at Muqam, Baramulla. Confirming the incident, SHO police station Chandoosa, Gulzar Ahmad said the civilian sustained minor injuries when the low intensity blast took place at encounter site while he was clearing the debris. He identified the injured as Zaffer Ahmad Wani son of Khaliq Ahmad Wani of Kalantra. Chenad and Kreeri areas in Baramulla observed complete shutdown on Thursday. All shops, business establishments and banks remained closed in the area. ‘Forced to take gun again’ The father of one of the slain militant Qari Salahudin, Molvi Mohiuddin said that the police harassment forced his son to take to gun again. “Qari, who was a handicap, was arrested after taking to gun in 2007. He spent a year in Udhampur Jail. However, instead of rehabilitating him after his release, police harassed him in different forms including calling him to local police station every day. He was also continuously mentally tortured forcing him to rejoin militancy in 2009,” he said.