SRINAGAR: Thousands of people participated in multi-rounds of funeral prayers of a third civilian youth, Rayees Ahmad Ganie who succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Srinagar, today.
The youth, Rayees Ganie, was injured after Indian troops opened fire on protesters in the town on Saturday. He was laid to rest amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
Complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama and Shopian districts to mourn the killing of Rayees Ganai and other martyrs. Clashes were reported between protesters and Indian forces in Pulwama. A delegation of Tehreek-e- Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir visited Gonowpora, Audoo, and Kalampora areas of Shopian and expressed solidarity with the families of the martyred youth.
In the meantime, locals from Karimabad village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district Wednesday alleged that during the nocturnal cordon and search operation, Government Forces caused massive damage to parked vehicles and residential houses.
They said that during the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, Army soldiers from 55 Rashtriya Rifles cordoned off the village. During search operation, local youth hit to roads and pelted stones on them. They retaliated with tear-smoke shells which caused injuries to couple of youth.
The villagers said that Government Forces targeted parked vehicles and residential houses. “They caused massive damage to properties and even targeted a local mosque,” they said.
A police official while refuting the allegations said that a group of youth resorted to massive stone pelting and tried to hamper the search operation.