Thousands of people participated in the last rites of local slain militant Yawar Bashir at his native village Hiblish in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district. Reports said that back to back multiple funeral prayers were offered in favour of the slain militants amid pro-Islam and pro freedom slogans. Yawar Bashir along with his two associates was killed in Bhadragund-Bonigam area on Srinagar-Jammu highway. Yawar according to his family members was a Hafiz-e-Quran. Reports added that police handed over the body of slain militant to family on Monday night. Thousands of mourners visited his native village.A police official said that two non-local militants Furqan Ahmed and Abu Maviya who were also killed in the gunfight were laid to rest in the dead of the night at Gantmulla in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.There are couple of grave yards reserved for non-local militants in North Kashmir. Meanwhile, the killing of these militants sparked spontaneous shutdown in Kulgam and its adjoining areas. Massive clashes erupted in several areas of Kulgam district after the killing of these pellets.yewitnesses and reports said that clashes erupted near the site of gunfight in Nusu Badragund and Bonigam villages in Qazigund.hey said government forces resorted to tear-gas shelling to disperse the protesters, who in return pelted the forces with stones.lashes were also reported from Vesu and Devsar areas besides other adjoining villages.An eye witness said that the traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway was affected due to the clashes near Qazigund.Officials said the traffic was diverted to Verinag-Anantnag highway.The authorities suspended the train and Internet services in twin districts of Anantnag and Kulgam.
Who was Yawar Mir ?
Yawar Mir joined militant ranks during 2016 unrest after the killing of Hizbul Mujhadeen commander Burhan Wani. He was 17 years old and had studied at Darul Uloom Bilalia here in Kashmir capital Srinagar and left it after becoming Hafiz-e-Quran. According to his family members, Yawar offered his service as Imam in a local Masjid in Hazratbal area of Srinagar city before joining militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.Bashir Ahmed Mir, his father is a Forester posted in District Kulgam. “I tried to persuade him a lot but categorically refused to return. I was helpless and didn’t insist further because he was so much religious who never missed his prayers,” Mir said. Yawar, a native of Hablish village in South Kashmir is survived by parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.Yawar according to police was affiliated with a group that was active in twin districts of Kulgam and Anantnag. This group was led by Furqan, a non-local militant who according to police was involved in a number of incidents, the “prominent being the Yatra bus attack case at Batingo, attack at Lower Munda and also on police party at bus stand Anantnag in South Kashmir.” (CNS)