Thousands attend last rites of soldiers killed in Sunjuwan

Troops and people pay tributes to Army martyr at Kewer, Qazigund in Anantnag district on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Sajad Dar
Troops and people pay tributes to Army martyr at Kewer, Qazigund in Anantnag district on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Sajad Dar

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Feb 13: Thousands of people here today attended the last rites of the four soldiers who were killed in a fidayeen attack in Sunjuwan Military Garrison in Jammu last week.
Over 5000 people gathered at Maidanpora village in North Kashmir to mourn the death of Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), Mohammad Ashraf Mir.
People of the area, who are mostly serving in Police and army were desperately waiting for the body to pay last respect to the solider. Large number of women were seen wailing as the body was being taken for burial. Click here to watch video
While sharing his thoughts, Ghulam Mohideen, from Maidanpora said: “He had good relations with everyone in the village.  He would never harm anyone.  We salute his parents for his martyrdom. He would never roam around and would spend most of his time with parents whenever he was on leave”.
A pall of gloom descended on a village in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district today after the bodies of army man and his father killed in Jammu base attack arrived.
Thousands of people, who had been waiting to receive the bodies since Saturday, gathered in the village as the bodies of soldier Muhammad Iqbal Sheikh and his father Ghulam Mohiudin Sheikh arrived in Reshipora village today. Thousands of people attended their last rites at native villages.
Mohammad Irshad, relative of Mohamamd Iqbal said that he was the lone bread winner for the family. “He has four sisters and one son. The family is very poor”, he said.
He appealed the Government to help the family of deceased soldier. “Government should look after his family and they should be given compensation. From both sides, Kashmiris are being killed. The entire village became sad when the news about his death was heard as he was very young”, he said.
Thousands of people also gathered at Kewer in Qazigund area of Kulgam to attend the last rites of Manzoor Deva.
One of his relatives said that Manzoor was a very good person and very sincere to everyone. “He was an asset for the nation who left us today. He sacrificed his life for the nation. The entire village is in a state of mourning. Our appeal to the Government is to look after the family as he was the lone bread winner for the family. The family is very poor”, he said.
Army today paid rich tributes to soldiers who were killed at Sunjuwan Military Garrison, Jammu. “Mortal remains of the martyrs belonging to Kashmir were flown to Srinagar by a special military aircraft”, a defence spokesman said here today.
“A Wreath Laying Ceremony was organized at JAK LI Regimental Centre to honour the martyrs wherein wreaths were laid on behalf of Lt Gen AK Bhatt, GOC 15 Corps and Lt Gen Satish Dua, Colonel of the JAK LI Regiment”, the spokesman said.
The mortal remains of Subedar Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Hav Habibullah Qureshi, Nk Manzoor Ahmed Deva and L/Nk Mohammad Iqbal Sheikh were then taken to their native places in Kashmir Valley where they were laid to rest with full military honours. “The Army deeply mourns the loss of its brave soldiers and in this hour of grief stands in solidarity with the bereaved families of the martyrs and remains committed to their dignity and well being”, the spokesman added.