Kashmir Could Be Worst Affected By Covid-19 After Thousands Attend Militant Funeral

Health experts have warned that the Kashmir Valley could be worst affected by Covid-19 after thousands of people attended the funeral of a top militant commander. The total number of coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir is at 158 as on 9th April, IST, with 4 fatalities.

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The Jammu and Kashmir Police has filed an FIR against a number of people for attending the funeral of a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant commander slain in an encounter with the Indian security forces in Aarampora area of Sopore, Kashmir.

The police said that people will be charged for violating protocols and government advisories which recently outlawed all social gatherings in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. According to the Sopore police, people had gathered at the funeral of top JeM militant Sajad Nawab Dar.

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The police said the legal heirs had guaranteed to “adhere to social distancing when the dead body was handed over to them. However, it did not happen, as a large swathe of people attending the funeral surfaced on the social media.

While the funeral of top militants are regularly attended by thousands of people in Kashmir, however, such a massive gathering during the pandemic can put the entre Kashmir Valley at risk, warned health experts talking to the EurAsian Times.

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Earlier, as the EurAsian Times reported, an early morning encounter broke out in Sopore of Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district which resulted in the killing of one militant commander.

Indian security forces with the contingents of Army’s 22 RR, 179 CRPF and Special Operation Group (SOG) of police cordoned off the Gulababad area of Arampora, Sopore. The soldiers had placed lights at the location to prevent militants from escaping in the dark.

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A police official while confirming the CASO operation in the area said that a group of militants were believed to be hiding inside the area. As the forces launched the search operation, the militants opened fire, resulting in an encounter.

Earlier, there were reports that Pakistan agencies could be pushing coronavirus infected terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir to create more chaos in the already volatile region and grab international attention.

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As per reports in Republic, by pushing Covid-19 infected patients into Kashmir, Pakistan firstly gets rid of patients infected with coronavirus and then the infected patients would merge with locals in the region and create more mayhem in the Kashmir Valley.

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Recently Riyaz Naikoo, the commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, released an audio where he sounded apprehensive about the Covid-19 pandemic as the disease had infiltrated into the terror ranks, concludes the report.