Today in South Kashmir the two funerals of terrorist and a policeman he killed- encapsulate the Kashmir tory. The policeman Azhar Mehmood who showed exemplary courage and sacrificed his life to repulse a terrorist attack was mourned by his colleagues and his family. Thousands participated in the funeral barely 10 km away of Hizbul Majuahideen terrorist Fayaz Ahmad Aishwar.
In the attack Azhar Mehmood and three civilians were killed and carried out by Fayaz and three other terrorists in Anantnag on Saturday. While they were regulating the traffic the policemen came under the attack after the road accident. According to the sources firstly the terrorists tried to snatch away the guns from the policemen. The terrorist throat was grabbed by Mr. Mehmood, died when the other terrorists opened fire.
Gulzar Ahmad Sheikh relative of Mr. Mehmood said, "He was working with police for the last eight years. He is survived by two children, one is just eight month old and his wife." For the family the government has yet not announced any compensation.
Fayaz Ahmad Aishwar - who was involved in the attack on the Border Security Forces camp in Udhampur in 2015 - carried a reward of Rs. 2 lakh on his head said by the police. He was one of the terrorist whose funeral is been attended by thousands over the last months. The killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani had seen five-month long unrest in the Kashmir Valley, last year.
South Kashmir since then has been groundswell of support for terrorists who have been roaming openly country side. The police say more than the terrorists, the public support for them is a bigger problem for the security forces who have frequently encountered resistance from crowds while conducting anti-terror operations.
The huge anti-terror operation is carried by the security forces on Thursday- which was monitored from air by helicopters and unmanned vehicles, across two dozen villages in Shopian. A sudden strike by terrorists killed one civilian and injured two soldiers. Even on that day, the forces had encountered resistance from locals in at least four villages.