SRINAGAR, JANUARY 13: Government forces on Sunday resorted to aerial firing to prevent a large funeral for slain Al Badr commander Zeenat ul Islam at his native Sugan village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
Quoting witnesses, Greater Kashmir reported that the forces had sealed all roads leading to Sugan village to limit the number of people participating in the funeral of Islam.
However, they said, mourners continued to assemble in the village after making their way through orchards, said the report.
It said violent protests erupted in the village soon after the forces resorted to aerial firing to disperse the people.
Zeenat ul Islam who was known for escaping cordons was killed along with an associate Shakeel Ahmad in a gunfight with the government forces in Kathora area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district last evening.
Zeenat-ul-Islam, according to police records, got affiliated with Al-Badr in 2006 and was later arrested.
However after he was released, he again got recycled in 2016 and subsequently got affiliated with HM and recently he joined Al-Badr outfit, said a police spokesman.