Ashtangoo (Bandipora) June 16: Amid sobs, anti-Indian and pro-freedom slogans thousands of people in Ashtangoo hamlet of Bandipora on Friday offered Nimaz-e-Jinaza of a policeman and civilian killed in Srinagar in two different incidents on Thursday evening.
The funeral processions of 25-year-old civilian Naseer Ahmed Sheikh and policeman Shahzad Ahmed Sofi, 30, witnessed massive pro-freedom and anti-Indian sloganeering.
Both were laid to rest one after another in a local martyr’s graveyard next to each other.
Thousands of people including men, women and children chanting pro-freedom and anti-Indian slogans participated in both the funeral processions.
Policeman Shahzad, who was shot dead by militants at Hyderpora area in Srinagar last evening, was laid to rest in martyr’s graveyard next to civilian Naseer Ahmed, who was killed in forces firing near Rangreth area in outskirts of Srinagar Thursday evening.
Both belonged to Astnagoo village, where pall of gloom descended after the news spread that a policeman and civilian of the village have been killed in Srinagar.
Thousands of people from various parts of Bandipora and adjoining villages started swarming into the Ashtango village when the body of civilian Nissar Ahmed reached his house. People visited his home to have the last look of the deceased youth amidst pro-freedom and anti-India sloganeering.
Naseer, a welder was hit by a bullet after forces resorted to firing in Rangreth area of Srinagar, last evening to disperse the stone-pelting protesters.
Naseer, according to his colleague, was out in the market to get bread and vegetables for Sehri when the forces fired on him.
“He was hit by bullets as he stepped out of gate after finishing Iftaar,” said Naseer’s colleague Showkat Ahmed.
He said minor stone pelting was reported in the area and people were raising slogans but situation was not so tense.
According to Showkat, two bullets hit Naseer — one in chest and another in abdomen.
Naseer was the second son of government employee Ghulam Mahudin Sheikh. He was earlier working in Hindustan Construction Company before joining an angle iron factory at Rangreth two months back.
Married in September 2016, Naseer left behind an expecting widow Zainab, who is not ready to believe that her husband is no more.
“He had promised me of Eid gift. How can he leave me without fulfilling his promise,” said Zainab amid sobs.
Naseer had not visited his home after he joined an Angle Iron factory in Rangreth two months back.
Besides his wife, Naseer had called his mother Raashida Begum before he was hit by bullets.
“I have lost everything after losing Naseer. He called me yesterday and told me to withdraw money from the bank” Rashida said.
Naseer’s teacher said Ashatngoo lost a hardworking and caring soul.
“He was a hardworking and caring soul. We will miss him,” he said.
Naseer was laid to rest in a local martyr’s graveyard amid sobs and pro-freedom slogans at 9 am before the arrival of Shahzad’s body.
All the eyes were wet and people chanted pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti Indian slogans when body of 30-year0old Shahzad reached Ashtangoo at around 11am.
The whole area was resonating with pro-freedom and anti-India slogans when Shahzad’s funeral procession was passing through the lane of his native village.
Scores of youth were chanting slogans like “Shahzad teray Khoon say inqilab ayyiagay”, “Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan”, “Go India Go Back’ and ‘Kashmir ki Azadi Tak Jang Jari Rahegi Jari Rajegi”.
The local women were reciting eulogy during the funeral procession.
A science graduate from Degree College Sopore, Shahzad was recruited as constable in 20th IRP in 2010. He tried to quit the job during 2016 unrest but his family members forced him to join after eight months of gap.
He left behind widow Semran and 17 months old two sons Sadan and Shiadaan.
Shahzad was known for his sports and social activities in the area.
He, according to locals, was pious, obedient and God fearing soul and had joined police department under compulsions.
Shahzad’s friend, also a policeman, said, Shahzad refused to use a gas gun on protesters in Budgam during recent bi-elections when three youth were killed in forces firing on protestors.
He said Shahazad was shot dead by gunmen when he was on way to ATM at Hyderpora last evening
Locals at Ashtingoo revered Shahzad as a “martyr”.
According to them he felt victim to the vicious policies.
Meanwhile, shutdown was observed in most parts of Bandipora town today against killing of civilian in forces firing at Rangreth in Srinagar yesterday.
All shops and other business establishments in Bandipora town remained closed while public transport was off the roads.
Minor clashes between youth and forces were reported from some areas of Bandipora town.
A police official said situation remained peaceful and under control in Bandipora.