Shopian: All five militants killed in the Kachdora encounter were identified as locals and buried on Monday at graveyards in their native villages, amid huge gatherings of mourners. Due to the continuous throng of people, multiple rounds of funeral prayers were held for the militants.
The militants were identified as Ishfaq Ahmad Thoker, resident of Paderpora; Gayas-ul-Islam, resident of Paderpora; Aetimad Fayaz Malik, resident of Amshipora; Sameer Ahmad Lone, resident of Hillow — all residents of Shopian district — and Aqib Ahmad Malik, resident of DH Pora in neighbouring Kulgam district.
Ishfaq Ahmad Thoker, son of Abdul Majeed Thoker, resident of Paderpora village, was active since three-and-a-half years, his relatives said. Villagers said that 10 rounds of funeral prayers were offered by thousands of mourners at his native village. Ishfaq has left behind three sisters, two brothers and parents. Locals said that two active militants appeared at the funeral and offered gun salute to Ishfaq.
Gayas-ul-Islam, son of Bashir Ahmad Thoker, was a resident of Padderpora. Villagers said that his body was charred beyond recognition. They said his body was brought home at about 2pm Monday, after a DNA test was conducted to identify him. Villagers said there were only some bones that were handed over to the family. Gayas has left behind three brothers, three sisters and parents. Family sources said that he was active since one-and-a-half year ago. He belonged to a well-off family.
Aetimad Fayaz Malik, 28, son of Fayaz Ahmad Malik, resident of Amshipora village, was active since November 5, 2017, his younger brother said. He said that before joining militant ranks, Aetimad completed his MPhil in Urdu at a Hyderabad university. “He also qualified the JRF (junior research fellowship) and had a Bachelor’s in Education (BEd),” the brother said.
Villagers said that Aetimad belonged to an economically well-off family. One villager who identified himself as Fayaz Ahmad said that the famiy’s orchards yield more than 12,000 of boxes of apple and the family is considered to be the richest in the area. Aetimad has left behind two sisters, a brother and parents.
Sameer Ahmad Lone, son of Ghulam Nabi Lone, resident of Hillow-Imamsahib, was active since a month ago. Locals from the village told Kashmir Reader that Sameer went to Pakistan twice on visa. According to family sources, he was an undergraduate student. He has left behind two brothers, a sister, and parents. Eyewitnesses said that Sameer’s body had suffered major damage.
Aqib Ahmad Malik, 20, son of Muhammad Iqbal Malik, resident of DH Pora Kulgam, was active since October 2017. Before joining militant ranks, he was an undergraduate student at Kulgam degree college. Two rounds of funeral prayers were offered by thousands of people at his native village in Ringat Damhal-Hanjipora of district Kulgam. He has left behind three brothers and parents.