Srinagar: A Pakistani militant, who was injured on Monday during a brief shootout, succumbed Tuesday to his injuries and was buried by the locals in Bandipora’s Hajin area in north Kashmir amid pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans.
The police, however, said that “legal action has been initiated against the people who led the protest and arranged the funeral”.
Of late, the authorities have barred the locals to bury foreign militants after thousands of people turned up to witness the funeral procession of top Lashkar-e-Toiba militant commander Abu Qasim in 2015.
A police statement said that the police came to know about the death of the said militant who was buried amidst a procession led by the locals. The police claim that the locals were requested to hand over his dead body.
“On specific input yesterday, special forces cordoned Bon Mollah at Hajin. While the cordon was being laid there was an exchange of fire. Though in the search operation no dead body was recovered consequently it was learnt that one militant of LeT was injured in the encounter,” the police statement said on Tuesday.
A police source, however, said that the militant has been identified as Lashkar’s Abu Haris.
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