Thousands Say Goodbye To Lashkar Militant In Kashmir

Srinagar, January 12 — Thousands of people today turned up or the funeral of top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Sajjad Ahmad Bhat, who was gunned down yesterday, here at Zewan area of Pantha Chowk on the city outskirts.

Funeral of Sajad Bhat of Zewan

Eyewitnesses told Srinagar-based news agency GNS that thousands of people gathered here this morning at Zewan for the funeral of the Sajjad. Before the funeral, a huge procession attended by thousands including woman was taken out amid pro-freedom, pro-Islam and anti-India slogans.

The eyewitnesses said that the mourners attempted to hold the funeral along Srinagar-Jammu National Highway but a large contingent of police intercepted the procession holding body of the slain commander and resorted to heavy teargas shelling. A witness said that over 200 teargas canisters were lobbed by police.

Soon after holding funeral of the militant commander at a local ground, hundreds of youths yet again attempted to March towards National Highway but this time again they were intercepted by police. The government forces resorted to teargas shelling on youths who retaliated by pelting stones, triggering clashes. A police official said two persons received injuries in the ensuing clashes.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in Pantha Chowk, Pampore, Zewan and adjoining areas against the Sajjad’s killing during which all the commercial activities came to complete halt. Sajjad, who was killed last evening on the outskirts of City here in Tailbal, was one of the oldest militants associated with LeT.

The pro-freedom leaders meanwhile have paid tributes to the slain commander and hailed him as a martyr. (GNS)

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