Srinagar: Thousands of people participated in the funeral of slain militant Ajaz Ahmad Bhat who was killed in an over-night encounter with Indian security forces in Pulwama district.
The authorities imposed curfew like restrictions in parts of this district as a ‘precautionary measure’. However, agitated youth clashed with police and paramilitary forces that were deployed in various areas.
Groups of youth resorted to heavy stone pelting near Pulwama town. Police retaliated by firing dozens of tear-smoke shells, however, the clashes continued for hours in the area. The clashes resulted in injuries to at least seven security force personnel including a Station House Officer of Pulwama, Sabzar Ahmad.
Reports of stone pelting were also reported from Kakapora area, however, security forces dispersed the protesters by laying barricades.
Residents of the slain militant’s native village – Chersoo – blocked the national highway while waiting for the dead body resulting in massive traffic jam on the road.
Funeral gathering of militant Ajaz Ahmad Bhat in Pulwama
The slain militant was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard. About ten thousand people participated in his last rites, according to a local news agency. Several separatist leaders also participated in the funeral prayers.
Senior separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani, addressed the gathering over phone from Delhi. Geelani paid tributes to the slain militant. He appealed people to boycott upcoming elections.