May 2018 News

Thousands Attend Sameer Tiger, Aqib's Funeral

2 May 2018
Rising Kashmir
Javid Sofi

Pulwama: Thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of two slain militants, Sameer Ahmad Bhat who was also known as Sameer Tiger and Aqib Ahmad Khan in two separate villages of south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Tuesday morning. The militants were killed in a gunfight at Drabgham village on Monday. After the bodies were handed to legal heirs for last rites thousands turned up at Sameer's funeral coming from different areas of Kashmir. The residents said that back to back eight rounds of funerals were held for the slain militant on Monday evening and the militants also appeared in the village and offered gun salute to Sameer. Since early morning on Tuesday, thousands of youth marched towards Drabgham to participate in his subsequent funerals. One after other four rounds of funeral prayers were held on Tuesday morning. Latter Sameer was buried in a local graveyard at around 9 am amidst pro-freedom and anti India slogans. Sameer had joined militant ranks in May 2016. His father, Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, told Rising Kashmir that Sameer was inclined towards militancy right from his childhood. 'He used to play Mujahid-Police with other kids of his age during his childhood days and was acting as a Mujahid,' Maqbool said. Sameer dropped from school after 8th class and then was working on a bakery shop in the village. He said that Sameer would often pelt stones on police and army vehicles whenever he would face them and he was detained number of times on charges of stone pelting. Maqbool said that his son was detained for 21 days by police at Kakapora and then for 4 days at police station Rajpora. 'He was getting repeated calls from police to be present at district police lines Pulwama and he preferred to pick up gun than to make himself present before police every one,' Maqbool said. The father of the slain militant said that he is proud that his son laid down his life and died as ' martyr.' 'He could have escaped from the site of gunfight on Monday,' Maqbool said, adding he was seen by people running to rear end of the village but then he 'came back to site of gunfight after he learnt that his associate, Aqib Ahmad Khan was killed.' 'He had promised Aqib that he will not let him alone and he fulfilled his promise,' Maqbool said. Maqbool also said that Sameer called up at home prior to the gunfight and informed his family members that he would fight. The father also said that they refused army's offer to ask Sameer to surrender. The locals alleged that Sameer's body was mutilated by forces who, as per residents, was inflicted with knife wounds on his neck and chest. In Rajpora village, four turns of funeral prayers were held for slain militant Aqib Ahmad Khan, 20, son of Mushtaq Ahmad Khan on Tuesday Morning in which thousands of people participated. Yesterday evening a single turn of funeral prayers was also held for him and he was buried in a local graveyard in Rajpora around 10:30 am. Aqib had joined militant ranks on 9 July in 2017. Local residents informed that he was graduate with a diploma in mechanical engineering. He was detained by police for providing SIM cards and arranging transport for Sameer Tiger. Aqib is survived by his elder sister and a brother besides his parents. His father is an inspector in sericulture department. Clashes were reported from Rajpora, which erupted after burial of the slain militant.