Hundreds attend funeral of militant’s brother; march towards DC office Pulwama

Funeral of Zahoor Sheikh in Pulwama. Photograph by Qaiser Mir
JK Bank

A bullet-riddled body of a civilian, Zahoor Ahmed Sheikh, 25, was recovered from an orchard near a school in Naira area of Tahab in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, triggering off protests on Thursday.

After the body was handed over to the family, people took it and marched towards Deputy Commissioner’s office Pulwama, four kilometers from the village.

The protesters are seeking punishment to those who killed Zahoor in what they termed as cold-blooded murder. Mr. Sheikh, son of Ghulam Ahmad Sheikh has been allegedly killed by government forces.

“He was returning from Masjid and called us that army has cordoned off the village. Later some gunshots were heard,” they said, adding today morning his body was recovered.

The slain, brother of an active militant of Hizbul Mujahideen, was a shopkeeper by profession.

When contacted SSP Pulwama Chandan Kohli told GNS that a case has been registered and investigations started.

“Police has registered an FIR in this regard and investigations taken up. More details will be shared as they emerge,” SSP said.

Despite repeated attempts, army’s spokesman could not be contacted. (GNS)

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