Thousands attend last rites of Slain Handwara Militant’s funeral

Suhail Khan

Handwara : Thousands of people on Saturday turned up for the funeral prayers of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant Sajad Ahmad Shah at Chogul village in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

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

Police in a statement issued to Kashmir Despatch said that Slain Sajad was involved in number of attacks on the security establishments and civilian atrocities. Police said that Rifle and ammunition were also seized from the site of encounter.

According to reports people from adjoining villages and other far flung areas of the district Kupwara marched to the Chogul village on Saturday morning to offer the prayers.

Reports and eyewitnesses told Kashmir Despatch that thousands of mourners gathered at Chogul 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_Azadi, Pro_Pakistani and Anti-India slogans.

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

Meanwhile Handwara parts shuts to mourn the killing of Slain Lashkar-e-Toiba militant, while authorities had snapped Internet services in Kupwara district as a precautionary measure.