Srinagar: Thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of slain cop of Jammu and Kashmir police in Bandipora on Friday.
Shahzad Dilawar Sofi, a constable rank cop of JKP, was killed when suspected militants attacked a patrol party on Thursday late evening in Hyderpora area of summer capital. He was in his early thirties.
Two JKP cops were injured who were rushed to Indian Army’s 92 base hospital in Badamibagh here. However, Shahzad succumbed to his injuries. He had bullet wounds in his abdomen.
His body was driven to his native village around 11:30 am today.
“Thousands of people had already assembled in the area,” a local resident of Ashtangoo, the native village of Sofi, said.
Sofi was father of twin sons.
Early in the day, funeral prayers of a slain civilian were held in the same Eidgah where Sofi’s Nimaz-e-Jinazah was held.
The civilian was killed when Indian armed forces opened fire on civilians in Rangreth area of Srinagar. The deceased was identified as Naseer Ahmad Sheikh aka Judge.
Sofi and Sheikh lived in the same village and were neighbours.
“The area echoed with pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India sloganeering when the funerals of Sheikh and Sofi were held,” a relative of Sofi said.
“The Eidgah was jam packed and people from across Bandipora attended the funeral,” he added.
“Whole area is in mourning as the people shouldered coffins of two youths from the area,” an elderly man from Ashtangoo said.
Early in the day, Jammu and Kashmir police paid tributes to slain Sofi. His body was kept at Police Control Room Srinagar where top police and civil administration officials paid floral wreath on the coffin.