After exhumation, bodies of 2 slain laid to rest in south Kashmir

After exhumation, bodies of 2 slain laid to rest in south Kashmir
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Srinagar, June 6: Amid protests, thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of two slain militants in Kulgam and Pulwama districts of south Kashmir on Wednesday.
Yesterday, the bodies of the slain Mudasir Ahmad Bhat of Parigam, Kulgam and Sheraz Ahmad Sheikh of Lajoora, Pulwama were exhumed, more than ten days after they were buried near the Line of Control (LoC) at Badwan village in Tanghdar in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
The bodies were later handed over to their family members.
The exhumation followed submission of applications by the families before the district magistrate Kupwara seeing pictures of their kin through social media and later at Tanghdar police station.
Soon after the bodies reached their native villages, people from all the neighbouring areas reached the respective villages at Parigam and Lajoora where they participated in the funeral prayers of the duo.
Several rounds of funerals were offered for both the slain militants. Both the militants were later laid to rest amid pro-independence and anti-government slogans.
Meanwhile, a spontaneous shutdown was observed in parts of Pulwama and Kulgam against the killings.
Shops and other business establishments remained closed in these areas while public transport remained off the roads.
The authorities snapped internet services in Pulwama and Kulgam districts since midnight, while as railway authorities suspended train service to south Kashmir.
The army had claimed to have killed the slain in an encounter with soldiers of 20 JAT along with three other associates on May 25/26 last month.