Thousands attend funeral of ‘key conspirator’ of Pulwama attack
Anantnag: Hours after one of the two militants killed in a gunfight in Tral was identified by his family as Mudassir Ahmad Khan alias Muhammad Bhai of Midoora, thousands of people attended his funeral prayers in Midoora area of Tral. Police said that Mudassir Ahmad was a Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant who was the “key conspirator” of the suicide car bomb attack on a CRPF convoy in Lethpora area of Pulwama district on February 14.
Mudassir Ahmad and another militant, identified by police as a Pakistani national named Khalid, were killed in a gunfight on Sunday evening in Pinglish village on the outskirts of Tral.
Government forces had used explosives to blow apart the house the militants were fighting from. The explosion charred the bodies of both militants beyond recognition.
While there were reports on Monday morning that the identification of the bodies would be carried out through DNA testing, Khan’s family from Midoora approached the police and claimed that one of the slain militants was their son.
“The other one is thought to be Khalid of Pakistan, based on the incriminating material that was retrieved from the bodies along with weapons and ammunition,” a police official said.
Later in the day, police said that Khan was a “key conspirator” of the Pulwama suicide attack carried out by the Jaish militant Adil Ahmad Dar of Pulwama.
Police said that Khan was instrumental in planning logistics support for the Pulwama attack.
“Besides, he was in constant touch with the suicide bomber, Adil Ahmad Dar,” a police source said.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is investigating the Pulwama attack, had raided Khan’s house in Midoora on February 27.
“Khan has been found to be involved in the Fidayeen attack at Lethpora carried out in December 2017, as well,” a police official said.
Police sources told Kashmir Reader that Khan was a key Over Ground Worker (OGW) of at least two slain Jaish commanders, Noor Ahmad Trantray alias Noor Trali and Mufti Waqas of Pakistan.
Khan finally joined active militancy sometime in 2018. He was the eldest son of a labourer and had completed his graduation as well as a diploma course at the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) before joining militant ranks.
A cavalcade of dozens of vehicles and motorbikes took his body to Midoora, where thousands of people attended multiple rounds of funeral prayers.
Local sources said that despite restrictions in some parts and a complete shutdown in the area, thousands reached Midoora for the funeral prayers and raised pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans.