SRINAGAR: Kifayat Ahmad Khanday’s body could be identified only after a long time, because, according to family sources, it was charred beyond recognition. Muhammad Ahsan Khanday, father of Jahangir Ahmad, was carrying single-handedly the body of his slain son. There were only some body parts wrapped in white and red clothes.
“Every mourner cried when they saw there was no dead body but only some parts. Women beat their heads and cried,” locals said. They said flowers were showered on the body of Kifayat. “Come quick, we have to see the face of our prince,” shouted a woman to her fellows. A man replied to her, “There is no face,” from the stage where the body was lying.
Besides some short religious speeches, three rounds of funeral prayers were offered to Jahangir by thousands of mourners. Muhammad Ahsan and his sons used to earn their livelihood by daily wages for working in gardens and other work in the village. Besides the parents, Kifayat has left behind two younger brothers and a younger sister. One of the neighbours of Kifayat told Kashmir Reader that the boy was married and had a daughter. He had been active for four months only.
The funeral site was decorated with the hoardings of active rebels, among them Burhan Wani and other native militants of Shopian.
Four two-storey residential houses were completely blasted to rubble by government forces. Clashes were reported from Keller where hundreds of armed men of CRPF and SOG Police were deployed on the main road which is the main entrance for the two villages. Despite check posts, thousands of men and women from Pulwama and Shopian attended the funeral prayers of both the local rebels.
When this report was being filed, this correspondent had been able to locate the body of the third, militant, who fought the forces constantly for 24 hours from different houses, could be killed only when four houses built on an elevation had been razed to the ground.