What can be termed as a disturbing trend, militants were seen giving gun salute to their killed associates in South Kashmir.
A video clip from the funeral of the militants killed yesterday in an encounter in Pulwama has surfaced. It clearly shows militants with AK 47 rifles participating in a gathering of people and giving gun salutes.
They were seen firing gun shots in the air. This is not the first time such scenes have unfolded. The militants have managed to do this in the past as well.
The two militants were killed yesterday near Awantipora in a gun-battle with police. The militants were identified as Shahbaz Ahmed Wani alias Rayees and Farooq Ahmed Hura of Nazneenpora village in Shopian district.
Police later said that the two militants were members of Hizbul Mujahideen. Both the slain militants were local residents. As soon as the news spread about their killings protests and clashes were reported in Pulwama.
Protests and clashes were reported even during the funeral of the slain militants. The security forces have been worried about the trend of local boys joining the militant groups after Burhan Wani’s killing last year.
Reports suggest around 60 boys have gone missing in South Kashmir since July last year. Many suspect that they have joined the militant groups like Hizbul Mujahideen.