Budgam solider laid to rest; hundreds attend funeral

BUDGAM — A Territorial Army solider whose body waa found yesterday after three days, was laid to rest at his native village Lokipora in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district while as hundreds of people participated in his funeral on Friday.

Locals said that body of TA solider Sameer Ahmed Malla, who was found dead at village Labren Dalwesh area of Khag three days after he went missing, reached to his native village on Friday morning.

Hundreds of mourners from different areas of area including men and women and children thronged Lokipora, the native village of the solider to take part in his last rites.

Amid sobs and tears, body of Sameer was later laid to rest at his ancestral grave yard.

Sameer has left behind wife, two sons including a new born, parents, a sister and three brothers.

Sameer Ahmed Malla, son of Muhammad Yaqoob Malla, a resident of Lokripora, a Territorial Army soldier was posted in Jammu and had come to his home on leave.

His wife Rifat had delivered her second baby last week only. Sameer had left his house on March 7 and didn’t return.

IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar had told reporters on Thursday that police were probing all angles as there were no fire-arm injury marks found on Sameer’s body and that militancy and murder angles were being probed. — (KNO)