SRINAGAR, MAY 01: Tens of thousands of people on Tuesday participated in the funeral of slain Hizb ul Mujahideen commander Sameer Tiger and his associate in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Sameer Ahmad Bhat alias ‘Tiger’ son of Mohammad Maqbool of Drabgam and Aqib Khan son of Mushtaq Ahmad Khan of Rajpora were killed in a five-hour gunfight at his native Drabgam village yesterday.
A civilian Shahid Ashraf Dar of Arihal was also killed after the government forces fired live ammunition at the protesters trying to help the besieged militants escape from the cordon. Two soldiers including an army major wounded in the gunfight.
Reports and eye witnesses said that men, women and elderly crowded around the body of ‘Tiger’ as it was marched towards the graveyard for burial.
Tens of thousands of people who had reached the Drabgam and Rajpora from nearby and far off places offered the funeral prayers of the slain held multiple times.
Both men and women raised pro-freedom and pro-Islam slogans while youth jostled to touch the faces of slain militants.
As the funeral was ongoing, few militants armed with assault rifles appeared out of nowhere and fired several shots in the air to pay homage to the fallen associates.
Tiger was on the list of most wanted commanders of the forces in south Kashmir.