Thousands attend funeral prayers of martyred youth


Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people participated Saturday in the funeral prayers of two martyred youth, Altaf Ahmed and Imtiyaz Ahmed.
The youth were martyred by Indian troops during a siege and search operation in Bomai area of Sopore, yesterday.
As the bodies of Altaf Ahmed and Imtiyaz Ahmed reached their native areas in Brath Kalan, Sopore, and Wusan in Bandipora, thousands of people participated in their funeral prayers. The participants raised high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
Earlier, people staged forceful demonstrations in Bomai when the troops were carrying out operation in the area. Indian police fired teargas shells and pellets to disperse the demonstrators. Many civilians including two women were injured in the police action. One of the injured youth received serious pellet injuries on his head and was shifted to a hospital in Srinagar for specialized treatment. On the other hand, more than thirty people were wounded in Srinagar and Islamabad areas after being hit by the pallets and teargas shells fired by Indian police and troops on peaceful demonstrations. The protests were held against India’s plans to construct separate colonies for retired Indian soldiers and Kashmiri Pandits, harassment of Jammu Muslims, Delhi’s so-called Industrial Policy in Kashmir and recent custodial killing of a youth, Sheikh Tanveer Sultan. Two youth sustained critical pallet injuries and were shifted to a hospital in Srinagar.—KMS

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