Kashmir unrest: Thousands attend Sabzar Bhat's funeral amid curfew-like restrictions

Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani's successor, 21-year-old Sabzar Bhat alias Abu Zarar, was gunned down in an encounter in his hometown of Tral, Kashmir on Saturday. Kashmiri villagers carry the body of rebel leader Sabzar Ahmed Bhat towards his home after displaying his body in Tral area. AP

Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani's successor, 21-year-old Sabzar Ahmed Bhat, alias Abu Zarar, was gunned down in an encounter in his hometown of Tral on Saturday. Kashmiri villagers carried Bhat's body towards his home after displaying his body in Tral area. AP

In the encounter, a total of two militants, including Bhat, have been killed in the Saimoo area of Tral. Immediately after the encounter, stone-pelting protests began in the valley. AP

In the encounter, two militants including Bhat, were killed in the Saimoo area of Tral. Immediately after the encounter, stone-pelting began in the Valley. AP

Authorities clamped a curfew across most of Kashmir for the first day of the Muslim Ramadan festival Sunday and partially cut telephone services to thwart protests over the killing of the top rebel commander. AP

Authorities clamped a curfew across most of Kashmir for the first day of the Muslim festival of Ramadan on Sunday and partially cut telephone services to thwart protests over the killing of the top rebel commander. AP

Thousands of mourners defied the security curbs to attend the burial of the rebel commander in his hometown amid anti-India and pro-Independence slogans. In this photo, villagers shout freedom slogans as a rebel, center wearing black, who claimed to have escaped from a gunbattle, speaks as he offers tributes to rebel leader Sabzar Ahmed Bhat who was killed in the gunbattle, in Tral. AP

Thousands of mourners defied security curbs to attend the burial of the rebel commander in his hometown amid anti-India and pro-independence slogans. In this photo, villagers shout freedom slogans as a rebel leader (centre) who claimed to have escaped from a gunbattle, offered tributes to Bhat. AP

 

A protester was shot dead by troops during clashes as hundreds of villagers tried to break the security cordon to help the militants to escape. Clashes spread to other districts, leaving dozens injured. Some persons reported at hospitals with pellet gunshots, according to attending doctors. AP

One protester was shot dead by troops during clashes, as hundreds of villagers tried to break the security cordon to help other militants escape. Clashes spread to other districts, leaving dozens injured. Some persons were rushed to hospitals with pellet gunshot wounds according to attending doctors. AP

6. Last year, nearly 100 protesters were killed after militant chief Burhan Wani was killed, which went on to trigger months of anti-India protests. In this photo, Kashmiri women watch the body of rebel leader Sabzar Ahmed Bhat being displayed in Tral area, 45 Kilometers south of Srinagar. AP

Kashmiri women watch Bhat's body being displayed in Tral ahead of his funeral. Nearly 100 protesters were killed last year, after Bhat's predecessor Burhan Wani was killed, which went on to trigger months of anti-India protests. AP

7. Following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander, Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, police officials in Kashmir see another militant and tech-savvy Riyaz Ahmad Naikoo replacing Sabzar as the new face of the Hizbul Mujahideen. AP

Police officials in Kashmir see the tech-savvy militant Riyaz Ahmad Naikoo replacing Bhat as the new face of the Hizbul Mujahideen. AP


Updated Date: May 30, 2017 01:46 AM

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