SRINAGAR: Thousands of people participated in multiple funeral prayers of a youth, Mushtaq Ahmad, in Tral while Indian forces killed another militant in Hajin town in Bandipora.
Mushtaq Chopan was killed in Tral police station in Pulwama district, yesterday. At least four rounds of funeral prayers were held to accommodate the huge rush of mourners who had turned up from Aripal, Tral and adjoining villages to participate in the funeral of Mushtaq at his native Wagad village. He was laid to rest amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Freedom songs were played through the public address systems during the funeral. Locals were demanding probe of this custodial killing.
Reports said that some masked militants appeared in the gathering and fired many rounds in the air to offer gun salute to the slain youth.
In the meantime, complete shutdown was observed in Tral, Aripal and other areas of Pulwama district to protest against the killing of Chopan in Police Station. All shops and business establishments are closed while traffic is off the road.
The authorities had deployed police and troops in strength on various roads in Tral and Aripal areas to prevent protests over the killing of Mushtaq Chopan.
Complete shutdown was observed, today, in Hajin and adjoining areas of the district to mourn the killing of a militant, who was killed in a gunfight with Indian troops. All shops, business establishments and educational institutions are shut in Hajin. The authorities have suspended the mobile Internet services in the entire district.
The slain youth was laid to rest in Hajin, but police is burying Pakistani slain youths in Uri. An Indian police officer has said that police would take action against burying of youth in Hajin.