SRINAGAR: Thousands of people on Monday participated in the last rites of an elderly man shot dead by forces near Air Force Station at his native village Soibugh in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

An eye witness said that thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of the deceased, Syed Habibullah, who according to police was shot dead after he “entered the security zone area at Air Force Station Budgam around midnight.”

“He crossed the security fence and came close to the station perimeter wall. Despite repeated warning from the sentry the individual did not stop. The sentry fired some warning shots in air but the individual did not stop. The sentry fired towards him,” said a police spokesman in a statement.

A local said that massive pro-freedom slogans were raised during the funeral of the deceased, who was a father of six.

Soon after his last rites, youth hurled rocks at the army camp located in the adjacent Daharmuna village.

Earlier, shopkeepers lowered their shutters and traffic went off the roads in Soibugh after the news of his killing spread in the area.

In the statement, police spokesman said that the deceased appeared to be mentally challenged. “The person being identified is not wearing foot wears, is without proper winter clothing and has no identity card (sic),” said the statement.

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