Srinagar, May 03: Thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of a student, Umar Kumhar, in Shopian district, today.
Umar Kumhar, a ninth class student, was killed and more than thirty people were injured when the Indian troops fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells on protesters during a cordon and search operation in Turkawangam area of the district, yesterday. The troops also damaged two houses and at least four cowsheds in the area. Thousands of people poured onto the streets as the body of the martyred student was taken for burial. They raised high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Multiple funerals were held for Umar to accommodate the huge rush of people. Eyewitnesses said that the slain was laid to rest with his school uniform shirt over his body.
Complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad and Kulgam districts, today, to mourn the killing of Umar Kumhar and other youth martyred by the troops. The Indian troops fired teargas shells in Khudwani area of Kulgam after youth pelted stones on the vehicles of the forces’ personnel. Clashes erupted between protesters and the Indian forces in Malangpora area of Pulwama district. Indian police arrested noted religious scholar, Qazi Ahmed Yasir, in Islamabad town to prevent him from visiting Turkawangam area to express solidarity with the family of the killed student.