Srinagar, July 09: In Indian administrated Kashmir, lakhs of people were witnessed in Tral town today to attend the funeral prayers of most Kashmir’s top most popular commander, Burhan Muzaffar Wani. eleven protesters were killed when Indian troops fired to disperse demonstrators.
Thousands of people defying curfew and other restrictions had converged on the martyr’s hometown, Tral, from different areas of Kashmir.
The full-throated slogans in favor of freedom and Burhan Wani were raised, and Pakistani flags were hoisted on the occasion. People used detours to reach Tral as the main highway had been barricaded by the Indian armed forces. People walked several miles on foot to reach the area. In a significant development, a dozen of guerrillas emerged on the scene and attended the funeral of Burhan Wani. They fired in the air to salute the slain commander. Such honoring ceremonies were a routine during funerals of militants in early 90s when armed struggle was at its peak in Kashmir.
Funeral in absentia for Burhan Wani and his associates were also held at several places in the of the valley.
The 21-year-old commander, Burhan Wani, the architect of the social-media driven psychological warfare in Kashmir, was martyred along with two militants Sartaj Ahmad Sheikh and Masoom Ahmed Shah by Indian troops during an encounter in Kokernag area of Anantnag/Islamabad district, yesterday.
The killings led to forceful anti-India protest demonstrations across the Kashmir Valley. At least Twelve people were killed and over 200 were injured after Indian armed forces’ personnel opened fire on protesters in different parts of the valley. Angry youths attacked police stations and BSF posts, besides the offices of Bharatiya Janata Party in Baramulla and Bandipora and torched police stations in Achabal and Hanjipora in South Kashmir. Police officials during a press conference in Srinagar said that three policemen were missing while some weapons were also taken away by the mob.
The authorities had suspended mobile and internet services to prevent widespread protests. All school-board exams scheduled for the day were also postponed.
The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have jointly called for a two-day strike tomorrow and the day after against the killing spree unleashed by Indian army and police following the killing of Burhan Wani in the territory.
Meanwhile, the authorities had put entire Hurriyat leadership including Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik under house arrest or in jails to prevent them from participating in funeral of the martyred commander.
Funeral in absentia for martyred commander and his associates was also held in Islamabad, Pakistan today.