No black flags in funerals of militants at Awantipora
A total of three militants have been killed in the Balhama – Khunmoh area, in the outskirts of the Srinagar city on 15 March 2018.
As per the reports, the militants, who belonged to the Zakir Moosa led Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH) had gone to visit the family members of a senior Hizbul Mujahideen Militant who was a resident of Khonmoh and died due to the brain hemorrhage. On return, guards of a BJP worker fired at them which led to the injury of one while others managed to take shelter in a nearby house. The house was later razed to the ground using explosives by the Indian forces. The two have been identified as local boys namely Owais Ahmad of Nowdal Tral and Shabir Ahmad of Aghanzipora Awantipora, while the third, Abu Hamas belonged to the neighbouring country Pakistan.
Amid massive gatherings and emotional scenes, the bodies of two militants were laid to rest in their native places. People in thousands, chanting Azadi slogans offered several rounds of funerals for the slain militants.
Interestingly, the fringe elements who had earlier created chaos in the funeral of a local militant Eisa Fazili and had managed to drape his body in a black flag which is the trademark of ISIS failed to repeat the story here. As per the locals, people had in advance prepared themselves to counter such elements. Thus the tradition of draping the militants in green flags was upheld much to the disappointment of the fringe elements of the various agencies.
It is pertinent to mention that some twelve to fifteen boys had created chaotic situation during the funeral Eisa Fazili. Talking to an analyst over the issue of failure of waving of black flags at Awantipora, he said, “Srinagar witnessed such a huge funeral after a very long time so people in their utter shock were not able to manage the chaotic situation created by such handful of goons who were using religious slogans in their defence to carry out such a hooliganism. Same thing could not have been repeated by them in South Kashmir where people are equally determined to face and manage such situations. Thus these handful of boys could not hijack the dominant pro Pakistan aspirations.”