Thousands attend Hizbul commander Burhan Wani's burial in Kashmir

Kashmiri Muslims carry the body of Burhan Wani, a separatist militant leader, during his funeral in Tral, south of Srinagar, July 9, 2016. REUTERS

Kashmiri Muslims carry the body of Burhan Wani, a separatist militant leader, during his funeral in Tral, south of Srinagar on Saturday. Wani, 21, was killed on Friday along with two accomplices in a gunbattle with a joint force of army and police personnel at Kokernag area, 83 kms from Srinagar. Reuters

Kashmiri women mourn the death of Burhan Wani, a separatist militant leader, during his funeral in Tral, south of Srinagar, July 9, 2016. REUTERS

Kashmiri women mourn the death of Wani, a commander in the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit. Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, "Mark my words - Burhan's ability to recruit into militancy from the grave will far outstrip anything he could have done on social media. After many years, I hear slogans for 'Azadi' resonate from the mosque in my uptown Srinagar locality. Kashmir's disaffected got a new icon yesterday." Reuters

Family members and relatives mourn next to the body of Burhan Wani, a separatist militant leader, during his funeral in Tral, south of Srinagar, July 9, 2016. REUTERS

Family members and relatives mourn next to Wani's body. Burhan, who carried a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, is believed to have taken up the gun to avenge his elder brother's humiliation by security forces who made him do squats after picking him up for no crime. Reuters

Kashmiri Muslims gather around the body of Burhan Wani, a separatist militant leader, during his funeral in Tral, south of Srinagar, July 9, 2016. REUTERS

More than 20,000 people, who came from different parts of Pulwama district, gathered at Shariefabad (Tral) to attend the burial by defying curfew restrictions imposed by the authorities. Shouting pro-Islam and pro-Azadi slogans, mourners at the burial appeared surcharged as youths raised slogans vowing to follow Wani's path. The authorities withdrew all security forces deployed around the ground to prevent clashes with the agitated people. Reuters

Kashmiri Muslims carry the body of Burhan Wani, a separatist militant leader, during his funeral in Tral, south of Srinagar, July 9, 2016. REUTERS

Mobile internet services were suspended throughout the Valley on Saturday to prevent spread of rumours. Authorities also suspended mobile phone services throughout south Kashmir's Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopian and Kulgam districts. Curfew has also been imposed in seven police station areas of Srinagar including Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, M.R. Gunj, Safa Kadal, Maisuma and Kral Koud. The Amarnath Yatra was suspended on Saturday following law and order situation in areas along its route. Reuters


Published Date: Jul 09, 2016 03:21 pm | Updated Date: Jul 09, 2016 03:21 pm