The ruling National Conference Party of the Northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has voted Farook Abdullah as leader of its legislative wing.
GV/SV Funeral procession in Srinagar (Kashmir). (2 SHOTS)
GV. Dr. Farook Abdullah, son of deceased, riding on gun carriage.
SV Weeping women.
GV/SV Crowds watching from windows as funeral procession passes through street. (4 shots)
GV Shrine Hazratbal.
SV Prime Minister Indira gandhi seated among mourners. (2 shots)
GV Army contingent escorting carriage and carrying reversed arms. (3 SHOTS)
SV Police controlling unruly crowd.
SV/GV Gun carriage moving towards burial site. (3 SHOTS)
SV Mrs Gandhi and crowd as gun carriage passes by. (3 SHOTS)
GV Coffin being lowered into grave.
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Background: The ruling National Conference Party of the Northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has voted Farook Abdullah as leader of its legislative wing. Dr. Farook, 45, was sworn in as acting chief Minister after the death on September 8 of his father, known as the "Lion of Kashmir". On September 10, thousands of mourners showered flowers on the gun carriage bearing the body of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah as his funeral procession made its way to the shrine of Hazratbal, outside the capital, Srinagar. Indian Prime Minister Indira gandhi and her senior cabinet colleagues followed the carriage as mourners tried to break through police cordons placed among the route to the lakeside shrine, some 12 kilometres down the valley of Kashmir. The Sheikh was a dominant figure in Kashmir politics for almost 50 years. Despite pressure to join Pakistan because of its majority Moslem population, the strategic state of Jammu and Kashmir remained within India under Sheikh Abdullah's leadership. commenting on Dr. Farook's election, the Hindustan times newspaper said there was a limit to how long he could bank on his father's glory for his won political survival. He would soon have to establish his own credentials as Chief Minister and as leader of the National Conference Party, the editorial said.