Srinagar: Thousands of people, today, participated in the funeral prayers of a civilian killed in the firing of Indian forces in Kupwara district.

The victim, Asif Iqbal, a driver by profession, was shot to death by the troops while he was shifting a patient to hospital, last night. His dead body was brought to his ancestral Thandipora village of the district amid high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.

The mourners were intercepted by the police, paratroops at Batapora. The police fired teargas shells on the mourners, triggering clashes. Women while screaming and wailing also participated in the funeral procession. Asif Iqbal was laid to rest amid sobs and tears.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Kralpora and adjoining areas of Kupwara district against the killing. All shops and business establishments were closed while traffic was off the road.

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