Srinagar, May 7: Giving fillip to the insurgency in the valley, few militants were witnessed giving gun salute on the funeral of slain terrorist Fayaz Ahmed alias Setha of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district. The images doing rounds on social media depicts four militants firing a volley of bullets in the air to show their respect. The latest incident shows the increasing level of activities carried out by terrorist organisations in the valley. The incidents unfolded after the Indian Army along with security forces launched one of the largest search operation with more than 4000 troopers in South Kashmir’s Shopian district.

The alarming incident occurred during the funeral of Fayaz Ahmed alias Setha, a resident of Qaimoh area of Kulgam, who was killed in retaliation on Saturday after militants had fired upon a police party which had gone to Mir Bazaar area to investigate a road accident.

Ahmed had been on the run since August 2015 after his name cropped up in the Udhampur terror strike case. The slain militant, at whose funeral the incident occurred, carried a cash reward of Rs two lakh on his head and had been charge-sheeted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Udhampur terror strike case.

Three civilians and a cop were also killed in the attack on Saturday.

At least four militants appeared in the crowd during the funeral and offered “gun salute” to the slain by firing in the air from their AK-assault rifles today, police officials said.

According to police officials there have been quite some instances of militants appearing at the funerals of slain associates in recent times in what appears to have taken the shape of a disturbing trend.

(With inputs from PTI)