Thousands attend funeral of youth in Pulwama

Srinagar, February 07, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people, today, attended funeral prayers of the youth martyred by Indian troops in Pulwama district. The youth identified as Raqib Bashir was martyred by troops during a siege and search operation in Gundipora area of the district, yesterday. People from different walks of life including Hurriyet leaders Firdous Ahmad Shah, Abdul Ahad Parra and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Advocate Zahid Ali attended the funeral at his native village Zadoora in Pulwama.

People took to the streets against the killing of the youth, and raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. Clashes were reported between protesters and Indian police and paramilitary forces. Police used tear-gas shells on the protesters. Meanwhile, life remained crippled in Hajan and adjoining areas of Bandipora district for the fourth consecutive day, today, due to strike against the killing of three youth by Rashtriya Rifles and Indian police at Khos Mohalla in the district on Thursday. Traffic on Srinagar-Bandipora road remained suspended.

On the other hand, complete shutdown will be observed on Tuesday and Thursday on the martyrdom anniversaries of prominent Kashmiri liberation leaders, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru. Call for the strike has been given by the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference (G), Syed Ali Gilani and chiefs of APHC and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. Muhammad Maqbool Butt was hanged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail on 11th February in 1984 and Muhammad Afzal Guru on the 9th February in 2013 in the same prison.

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