Srinagar: Thousands of people on Sunday took part in the funeral prayers of a local youth Raqib Bashir who died in a gunbattle with Indian forces last evening in Gundpora village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Witnesses said that mourners kept filling the streets in Zadoora, ancestral village of Raqib, since early Sunday morning.
In adjacent Newa village, youths hurled rocks at the police and paramilitary forces who responded by bursting tear smoke shells.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown is being observed in a vast area of the district, including the Pulwama town.
The youth identified as Raqib Bashir was martyred by troops during a siege and search operation in Veerbagh Gundipora area of the district, yesterday. He was the resident Zadoora in Pulwama district.
Complete shutdown was observed in Zadoora and adjoining areas against the killing of the youth. People also came out to the streets and raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.People from different walks of life including Hurriyet leaders Firdous Ahmad Shah, Abdul Ahad Parra, Jamaat-e-Islami leader Advocate Zahid Ali, Feroz Ahmad Shah and Abdul Samad Inqilabi attended the funeral.
Hurriyet leader Zafar Akbar Butt in a statement paid glowing tributes to the martyred youth. A JKMS delegation comprising Meraj-ud-Din, Beigh Aijaz, Javed Ahmad, Muzafar Malik, Zulfikar Hamid and others attended the funeral of Raqib Bashir.
Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League in a statement also paid glowing tributes to the martyred youth.
Meanwhile, life remained crippled in Hajan and adjoining areas of Bandipora district for the third consecutive day, today, due to strike against the killing of two youth by Rashitriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Indian police at Khos Mohalla in the district on Thursday. Traffic on Srinagar-Bandipora road remained suspended. Large number of personnel of paramilitary forces and police were deployed in main town Hajan and adjoining areas. Shops and business establishments also remained closed.