Anantnag/Srinagar (CNS): Thousands of people on Monday braved snow and cold to participate in the last rites of three militants killed in an encounter with government forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Acting on specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in Awora village, government forces on Sunday evening had launched a search operation in the area. The gunfight lasted whole night while locals hit to roads and tried to proceed towards encounter site to help militants to break the cordon. However, government forces used tear-smoke shells to keep them at bay. The pre and post encounter clashes left many civilians injured.
Three militants were killed during the wee hours of Monday while Defense sources said that three AK-47 rifles were recovered from the encounter site. Locals said that the house in which militants were presented was blasted as a result all the three local militants died on spot. Locals alleged that government forces barged into the houses in Awora village and ransacked them, a claim that was also made by National Conference legislator from Pahalgam Altaf Ahmed Kaloo in the Legislative Assembly.
Confirming the death of three militants, a police official told CNS that ‘mild’ force was used on protesters protesting the death of these three militants. He identified the trio as Adil Ahmad Reshio of Bijbehara town, Abid Ahmad Sheikh of Saktipora and Masood Ahmad Shah of Bewoora village. He said that all the three slain militants were affiliated with militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen.
Witnesses said that people from several village of Bijbehara area marched towards Bijbehara town, Bewoora and Saktipora villages to take part in the funeral prayers of the trio. Braving snow and chill, thousands of mourners amid pro-freedom slogans participated in their funeral processions while agitated youth clashed with government forces in different parts of South Kashmir including Bijbehara. Reports said several persons, including a photojournalist, were injured after government forces resorted to aerial firing and teargas shelling to disperse protesters in Bijbehara area. Reports said that a photojournalist Bilal Bahadur was also injured after forces burst teargas shells to disperse the protesters. “Despite seeing camera in my hand, the local police targeted me and fired a tear-gas shell that hit my arm,” Bilal told CNS adding that his wounded arm was later on plastered by doctors at Sub-District Hospital Bijbehara.
Hizb pays tribute to Pahalgam militants and Ghazi Naseeruddin
Militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen paid rich tribute to the three local militants Adil Ahmed Reshi, Abid Ahmed Sheikh and Masood Ahmed Shah who were killed in gun fight with Indian armed forces in Awora village of Pahalgam area in South Kashmir on Monday morning.
The outfit chief Syed Salahuddin said that from innocent Burhan Wani to the martyrs of Pahalgam, youth of Kashmir have been sending a clear message to India that their presence in Kashmir is not welcome. He said: “India is our open enemy but the dangerous foes are those who are helping India donning our uniform. There is a dire need to expose these black sheeps.”
The outfit aslo paid rich tribute to one of its commanders Ghulam Rasool Dar alias Ghazi Naseeruddin on his 13th death anniversary. Ghazi was killed in 2004 during a gunfight with Indian troopers in Srinagar.
As per a statement to CNS, Hizb Chief Syed Salahuddin while addressing a meeting said that the slain militant was a religious figure and an “ardent supporter of Kashmir Freedom Struggle”. “Ghazi was well-educated who spent most of his time in prayers. He was possessing unique leadership qualities.” Syed Salahuddin said that the death of Ghazi produced motivated large number of youth and his drops of blood have continuously been inspiring the freedom lovers in Kashmir.
The meeting was also addressed by Deputy Commander Saifullah Khalid. “The martyrs of Kashmir were also paid rich tribute in the meeting and sympathies were expressed with the bereaved families.”
Mirwaiz pays tributes to slain militants
Paying tributes to Adil Ahmad Reshi, Abid Ahmad Sheikh, and Masood Ahmad Shah, the three youth killed in an encounter at Awoora village of Islamabad district, Hurriyat Conference (m) Chairperson, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Monday said that it is painful that for the past 70 years due to the apathy of international community the stubbornness and arrogance of Indian rulers towards the resolution of the Kashmir dispute and the treachery and betrayal of those at the helm, our fourth generation since 1947 has got dragged into it and are laying down their lives for the cause of their fundamental political right to self determination and for justice.
Mirwaiz said people of Kashmir revere and honor the sacrifices of these young martyrs of the motherland whom they see as selfless crusaders in the way of freedom of their motherland.
Stressing that the ongoing resistance movement had entered a sensitive phase, the Mirwaiz said the consistency and resolve displayed by the people was the best way of taking the movement to its ultimate goal.
He said the people of Kashmir and resistance leadership had been striving and offering sacrifices for the fulfillment of their right to self determination since 1947 and that the baton of the movement was now being handled to the fourth generation of Kashmiris.
The APHC Chairman said the strength shown by Kashmiri youth to brave atrocities and brutal tactics committed by India were commendable as it was due to their pious sacrifices that Kashmir issue had attracted attention of the international community and created an impression worldwide that peace and prosperity in South Asia without resolving the vexed Kashmir issue was impossible.
Expressing sympathy and solidarity with the families of the martyred youth, the Mirwaiz said the sacrifices of these youth were the real assets and treasures of the ongoing resistance movement and these sacrifices would be safeguarded at all costs.
Meanwhile, APHC spokesman expressed grief over the death of Nazir Ahmad Bhat, the elder brother of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Vice Chairman, Advocate Bashir Ahmad Bhat and conveyed sympathy and solidarity with him and the entire bereaved family.
Recalling the services of the Bhat family towards the resistance movement, the spokesman paid glowing tributes and prayed to the Almighty Allah to grant Jannat-ul-Firdous to the deceased and forbearance to the bereaved family. (CNS)