In pictures: Thousands attend Kashmiri scholar’s funeral
By News Desk | Photographs by Shahid Tanray
Amid stringent restrictions in Pulwama, complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir while private vehicles including Sumos and Mini buses were seen plying in and around city areas. The shut down call had been given by the Mutahida Majlis e Mashavrat in protest against the death of a Kashmiri student in Hyderabad.
Incidents of protests and stone pelting were reported from across length and breadth of valley with police and paramilitary forces resorting to tear gas shelling and lathi charge to disperse angry crowds.
According to a police spokesman some minor incidents of stone pelting were reported from Safakadal, Rojouri Kadal, Nawabazar, Karanagar and a couple of places from Srinagar city.
He said minor incidents of stone pelting were also reported from Magam in Budgam, Khanpora in Baramulla and Poshwan in Pulwama.
Meanwhile, according to KNS reporter pitched battles were fought between angry youth and police at Newa Chowk in Pulwama with security forces resorting to lathi charge and tear gas shelling to disperse the youth.
Reports of protests and clashes were also received from some north Kashmir areas including Bandipora.
Amidst pro-freedom slogans by thousands assembled to attend the funeral prayers of 29-year-old research scholar hailing from Parigam area of Pulwama district in South Kashmir, Mudassir Ahmad Malla was laid to rest at his native village on Monday when Majlis Mashawarat had given a call for shutdown to protest his death in Hyderabad.
Mudassir’s body arrived at his native village on Monday morning amidst thousands waiting for the last rites to be performed. Before that number of religious and political leaders addressed the gathering at his residence at Parigam.
Chairman of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani addressed the mourners telephonically and expressed sympathies with the bereaved. Among those who addressed the gathering include, members of Jamaat Islami, Jamiat Ahlihaadith, and various Hurriyat leaders and some politicians also.
Speaking tough against the policies allegedly adopted by India against people of Kashmir, Chairman Hurriyat (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani said, “India can never become a friend of people of Kashmir but are only hell bent upon committing atrocities against them.”
“Every Kashmiri is insecure in India. India can never be the friend of Kashmir. It (India) is putting its best efforts to cover the murder of Mudasir Kamran. India has made us slaves and the murder of Mudasir is one of the visible signs of our being slave of India,” Geelani told a local news agency.
He said Mudasir had participated in the anti execution protests after Mohammad Afzal Guru’s hanging and had offered funeral prayers in absentia. “He has been murdered under a conspiracy,” he claimed.
Appealing people to choose the right path and be determined to follow it till the end, Hurriyat Chairman said, “I appeal people to be united and to maintain constant determination. We’ll get independence from India if we fight collectively at this juncture.”
He called killing of Mudasir as ‘a blot on the face on Indian Democracy’.
“India has no moral or legal right to rule over us. It is committing genocide against us,” he added. He said that ‘these atrocities will continue to occur until the last soldier of India leaves land of Kashmir’.
The people present at the funeral procession said visible torture marks were all over the body, putting a serious question mark over the police claims, that Mudassir committed suicide.
The PhD scholar was found dead at his hostel room at the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, body of the deceased was also examined by a team of doctors from Sub District Hospital Pampore. “We had been asked to confirm whether post-mortem has been conducted on the body and that is why we examined the body,” said a doctor. However, family members of the deceased said the doctors had confirmed that torture marks were found on the body of Mudasir.