Pro­test­ers, cops clash at mil­i­tant’s funeral

Hindustan Times (Noida) - - NATION - Ashiq Hus­sain let­[email protected]­dus­tan­

SRI­NA­GAR: A day af­ter two mil­i­tants were killed in Kul­gam, pro­test­ers clashed with se­cu­rity forces Sun­day dur­ing the funeral of one of the mil­i­tants in Jammu and Kash­mir’s Shopian dis­trict.

For­mer chief min­is­ter Me­hbooba Mufti and sep­a­ratist leader Mir­waiz Umer con­demned the clash in which seven civil­ians were in­jured.

Stone-pelt­ing young­sters clashed with the se­cu­rity forces in Su­gan vil­lage, from which hailed al-badr com­man­der Zeenat-ul-is­lam who was killed in a gun­fight with the se­cu­rity forces along with his ac­com­plice Sha­keel Ah­mad Dar. The se­cu­rity forces on Sun­day fired in the air to dis­perse the pro­test­ers who re­sorted to vi­o­lence while march­ing to at­tend the funeral of the mil­i­tant com­man­der, a po­lice of­fi­cer said. Po­lice said the in­jured pro­test­ers, in­clud­ing one who suf­fered a bul­let wound, is crit­i­cal in a hospi­tal.

Me­hbooba said in a state­ment: “Re­ports of aerial fir­ing ... are very un­for­tu­nate and dis­turb­ing. Such in­ter­fer­ence in the re­li­gious af­fairs is un­de­sir­able and may back­fire, lead­ing to fur­ther anger and alien­ation.” “Use of bru­tal force on the mar­tyr’s funeral is not only un-is­lamic and un­demo­cratic but con­trary to hu­man val­ues,” tweeted Umer.

Mean­while, po­lice re­vealed that Zeenat was car­ry­ing a ~12 lakh re­ward on his head. Zeenat had a “long his­tory of ter­ror crimes” since 2006. It added he was ear­lier af­fil­i­ated with the Hizbul Mu­jahideen. Zeenat al­legedly helped mil­i­tants as an over ground worker be­fore his ar­rest in 2008. He got mar­ried upon his re­lease in 2010 be­fore join­ing LET in 2015. He then switched to the HM. Zeenat is be­lieved to have been be­hind a 2017 am­bush in which three sol­diers were killed.

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