Kashmir: Dead militant gets gun salute from colleagues during funeral
A disturbing trend emerging from the Kashmir Valley should worry the government and the security apparatus operating in the restive region. A militant killed by security forces after an encounter in Budgam district of Kashmir was given a gun salute by their colleagues during his funeral procession.
A video clip from the funeral site of the militant has surfaced online. The footage shows militants with rifles participating in the march and also firing gun shots in the air.
The video has now gone viral on social media platforms. This is not the first time that the Valley has witnessed such scenes. In the past, militants have managed to do this on many an occasion.
Yesterday, three civilians were killed in security forces' action against protestors near an encounter site in Budgam district in Kashmir during an anti-militancy operation which ended with the killing of the lone militant.
According to security officials, a weapon was recovered from the scene of the encounter.
Three civilians -- all young men in their twenties -- were killed while 18 others were injured in security forces' action against a large number of protestors who pelted stones on the law enforcing personnel allegedly in a vain bid to help the holed up militant escape.
The trend of civilians assembling near encounter sites and engaging security forces in clashes emerged last year.
It has continued even after Army Chief Bipin Rawat warned the youth against interfering in anti-militancy operations and the state administration imposing Section 144 within three kilometre radius of the encounter site.
Police investigations into the repeated incidents of stone-pelters disturbing anti-terror operations have thrown up a Pakistani hand. As per the probe findings, WhatsApp groups with Pakistani administrators have been found behind creating unrest and inciting mobs to disrupt anti-terror ops in an attempt to help militants escape.