Congregational prayers held for Sayeed in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 10 (IANS) The ‘Fateha’ prayers were offered for late chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday at the Muftis’ native town Bijbehara in south Kashmir.

Around 5,000 people, including Peoples Democratic Party leaders and activists, relatives and well wishers gathered at the grave of Sayeed at the Dara Shikoh Park in Bijbehara around 11 a.m. to offer the prayers on the fourth day of Sayeed’s death.

Sayeed passed away on Thursday morning at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti accepted condolences from people who called on her at her family’s ancestral home in Bijbehara.

Mehbooba also went to the graveyard and offered prayers at her father’s grave.

Another congregational prayer meeting will be held on Sunday at the chief minister’s official residence on the Gupkar Road here.

Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Congress president Sonia Gandhi are scheduled to call on the bereaved family on Sunday to offer their condolences.

With the conclusion of Sunday’s congregational prayers, the four-day mourning period for the Mufti family ends in the evening.

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