Srinagar, September 27: A complete shutdown was observed amid restrictions in Sopore Town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday against the killing of Valley’s longest surviving militant commander Qayoom Najjar in a firefight on Line of Control yesterday while infiltrating into Kashmir Valley.
According to GNS, Najjar was buried last night amid massive protests in favour of Islam and freedom. Reports and witnesses said that huge number of people turned up for the funeral of Najjar, a resident of Batapora in Sopore, and it was held twice. The witnesses said that body of Qayoom Najjar was wrapped in black flag of Al Qaeda and ISIS while slogans in favour of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind chief Zakir Musa were also shouted by mourners.
All the shops, commercial establishments and educational institutes were closed across the Sopore today while government forces imposed restrictions in sensitive localities of the area to thwart protests. Reports said that the entry and exit points of the Sopore Town were sealed off by the forces while mobile internet services remained suspended. A police official said that the day passed off peacefully.
Described as most dreaded militant of recent Kashmir insurgency by police, Qayoom Najjar until 2015 was affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideeen but he broke away from the outfit and formed his own Lashkar-e-Islam which carried out series of attacks on mobile towers and killed several former militants and Hurriyat activists for their alleged links with government forces. The Hizb has not released any statement about Qayoom Najjar so far.(GNS)