Kashmir: Thousands turn out for funeral prayers of militant Dawood Sheikh, more youth harmed due to ongoing conflict

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“Shaheed Dawood,, In the heart of green birds, Insha’Allah”

(Photo, words posted by Azad Koshur)

Crowds turned out in force today to participate in funeral prayers for Dawood Ahmad Sheikh, (age 21) from Kaimoh town, Kulgam district, Indian Occupied Kashmir. The 21 year old militant was one of the “most wanted” fighters and died during a gunfight with Indian forces at Buchoora village. He was alleged to be a close associate of Burhan Wani a separatist Kashmir rebel and Commander of Hizb -ul-Mujahideen known for his video appearances inciting “holy war” who has Rs 10 Lakhs bounty on his head.

Shops and business closed down in the vicinity as thousands followed those carrying his body. His mother said she is proud of her son that he had died a martyr proclaiming, “today he has attained the purpose of his life.”

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Mother of Dawood Sheikh  (Image via Talysh)

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Srinagar, Mar 06 : A militant Dawood Ahmad Sheikh a close aide of Burhan Muzzafar Wani has been killed in an ongoing encounter which earlier started between security forces and militants in Buchroo village of Kulgam district. (Image Gulmarg News)

Kashmir Reader reported,

“Despite the imposition of section 144 by the authorities, witnesses said, hundreds of people from different areas of the district rushed towards Dawood’s native village to participate in his Nimaz Jinaza (funeral prayers). His body was carried to the graveyard in a huge procession amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, witnesses said.”

Arif Hussein posted the following image

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“Thousands participate in the funeral of Hizb militant Dawood Ahmad Sheikh in Qaimoh village of Kulgam”

Encrypted Layman tweeted the following photos showing the huge crowds,

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Sea oof ppl in Funeral procession of Dawood Ahmad Sheikh, an HM Martyr at Khudwani Qaimoh In south Kulgam

According to Greater Kashmir,

“The SP (Superintendent of Police) claimed that Dawood was “involved in killings of retired DSP, Bashir Ahmad of Ashmuji, Territorial Army man Gowhar Ahmad Matoo in Khudwani area of Kaimoh, Sarpanch and also involved in attacks on security forces.”

Dawood, according to police sources, was a listed as category A+++ militant.!

There were reports of clashes with police, teargas and pellets used and injuries reported.

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“A youth namely Abid Mir of Batengoo hit by pellet in clashes with police at Quimoh Kashmir, shifted to Hospital” (Image via Taysh)

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“A 12 year old boy from Rainawari Khar Mohalla namely Iqbal lost almost his right hand just because of flashbang shell” (Image via Taysh)

Aaaj TV reported Syed Ali Gilani, Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference who said “Kashmir is the only place in the world where violation of human rights and killing of innocent people by Indian forces goes unnoticed.” Latest victims of the ongoing conflict in Kashmir include a boy killed by an explosion involving a stray bomb and a 12-year student whose limb was badly damaged by a teargas cannister, see following link,

http://aaj.tv/2016/03/kashmir-only-place-in-world-where-killings-go-unnoticed-gilani/

Links

“Burhan Wani: The new face of Kashmiri militancy in virtual world”

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/burhan-wani-the-new-face-of-kashmiri-militancy-in-virtual-world/story-gV6cBYVcdisOhzrlDcTncL.html

“Why Kashmir’s militants have become ‘heroes’ again”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-35684686

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/PO/experts/Health_and_Wellbeing.aspx Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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