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Kashmir protests: Amid pro-freedom slogans, Pak flags, top LeT commander spotted in rally

India TV News Desk Kashmir 01 Aug 2016, 9:56:53 AM IST
India TV News Desk

Lashkar-e-Toiba’s (LeT) Kashmir chief Abu Dujana  was reportedly spotted at a gathering organised on Sunday by the separatists  in Karimabad in Pulwama district to pay tributes to the militants and civilians killed recently in Kashmir valley.

Dujana, who has been heading the outfit in the Valley after LeT commander Qasim was killed, is the mastermind behind several attacks. These include the fidayeen attack on a CRPF convoy at Pampore and a similar attack at Entrepreneurship Development Institute.

However, PTI reported that unconfirmed reports said some militants were present at the rally but police officials said they have not come across any evidence to support these claims.

"We are looking into the matter," an official said.

Despite a curfew in place, thousands reached Karimabad for the gathering at “martyrs’ cemetery” in the village and raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Pulwama is the native village of several militants killed in recent past.  The assembly was organised on a call given jointly by hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, moderate faction head Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik.

Dozens of Pakistani flags were being waved at the rally as people raised slogans eulogising militants like Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen supremo Syed Salahuddin and Lashkar-e-Toiba's Kashmir chief Abu Dujana.

Meanwhile, the curfew and the shutdown called by separatists crippled the Valley. At several places, protesters defied the restrictions and hit the streets.

Videos of the rally, posted on social media, have gone viral showing people chanting pro-freedom slogans.

Several top Hizb militants killed in recent anti-militancy operations including Naseer Ahmad Pandit, Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Afaq Janbaz and Abdul Rashid Bhat hailed from Kareemabad and adjoining areas.