In pictures: Thousands attend Kashmiri scholar’s funeral

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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.

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  1. People, please check the truth before you blow up an event out of proportion. It was a suicide not death. And without divulging the details, do find out the reason for suicide -> a fight with the significant other.

  2. Media doesn’t function without people who inform them about incidents. Though its ethical to check one’s information before publishing it, many stories on the subject published all over the free press prove that they don’t really care. They are more indulgent in fuelling fires than gathering facts, thus fuelling protests in the already protesting state of J&K.
    P.S: Couldn’t help but notice the last picture!

  3. I have been to the campus and have spoken to the protesters. The basic fact is this was a “Suicide” and not a “Murder”. Based on what i have read on this site are the rantings of politically motivated anti India elements who are trying their best to give this case a “new flavor” to use it for their vested interests.

    On one seems to be aware that the person in question had been repeatedly physically assaulting another student for the last 6 months. Also the fact that the same person also physically assaulted the Proctor of the University who in turn took this matter up with the police.

    After the police interviewed the students they were released the same day. Later one of the student commited suicide.

    Get real people, don’t let politically motivated people mislead you.