Mehbooba interacts with their family members, consoles them

Qayoom Khan / Jehangir Lolabi/ Pir Zubair

Srinagar, Feb 13: The bodies of four soldiers and father of one of them reached their native villages on Tuesday and were laid to rest in their respective graveyards.

Reports reaching here said the bodies of the soldier Muhammad Iqbal Sheikh and his father Ghulam Mohiudin reached their native village Reshipora, Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday afternoon.

The mourners who had been waiting to receive the bodies since Saturday were seen wailing and beating their chests, reports said.

The body of the other soldier Manzoor Ahmad Deva, a resident of Kewa, Qazigund reached his native village today afternoon. A large number of people also participated in the funeral prayers of Manzoor Ahmad and was later laid to rest.

On Tuesday afternoon, the bodies of army man Habibullah Qureshi and JCO Mohd Ashraf Mir also reached their native villages in north Kashmir Kupwara district’s Bhatpora Hyhama and Maidanpora, Lolab villages respectively.

At both the places, thousands of mourners were waiting for the bodies since Saturday.

Despite rains and harsh weather conditions, people in huge numbers turned up for the funeral of all the slain.

On Monday, the bodies could not be flown to Srinagar from Jammu airport due to bad weather and snowfall.

Earlier in the morning, the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti laid floral wreaths on the bodies of Army personnel who were killed in Saturday’s militant attack on Sunjwan Army camp.

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh; Ministers, Abdul Haq Khan, Choudhary Zulfkar; MLA, Jammu West, Sat Sharma,  senior Army and Police officers also laid wreaths on the bodies of Army personnel.

Later, the Chief Minister interacted with the family members of the slain Army personnel and consoled them. She conveyed her heartfelt condolences and prayed for peace to their loved ones.

The soldiers were posted in 36 Army Brigade at Sunjwani and were killed after militants stormed the army base on the outskirts of Jammu city on Saturday.

Ghulam Mohidin, the father of slain soldier Muhammad Iqbal, was a retired army man and according to his family had gone some days back to Jammu for a medical checkup. The family said that Muhammad Iqbal is survived a one-year-old child, old aged mother, and three sisters.

Habibullah is survived by six daughters, four married sisters, one married brother and old aged parents. His wife was expecting a baby.

Ashraf Mir is survived by three minor children and old aged parents.

Six soldiers and a civilian were killed in the Jammu attack that left ten others including six women and children injured.

Three attackers were also killed in the operation that lasted over for several days.

Army pays tribute to soldiers killed in Jammu base attack

Army on Tuesday paid tributes to five soldiers killed in a Fidayeen attack on Sunjuwan army base in Jammu.

The mortal remains of slain army men belonging to Kashmir who were killed in the militant attack at Sunjuwan army camp were brought to Kashmir today, said an army spokesperson.

In a statement, an army spokesperson said wreath-laying ceremony for the slain was held at JAKLI Regimental Centre in Srinagar, 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.

After the wreath-laying ceremony, the mortal remains of the slain army men were taken to their respective native places, said an army spokesperson.

Four army men-Subedar Mohd Ashraf Mir, Hav Habibullah Qureshi, Nk Manzoor Ahmed Deva and L/Nk Mohd Iqbal Sheikh were killed in the Sunjuwan attack, army mentioned in the statement.