Thou­sands at­tend fu­neral prayers of mar­tyred youth

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR—In oc­cu­pied Kash­mir, thou­sands of peo­ple par­tic­i­pated Satur­day in the fu­neral prayers of two mar­tyred youth, Altaf Ahmed and Imtiyaz Ahmed.

The youth were mar­tyred by In­dian troops dur­ing a siege and search op­er­a­tion in Bo­mai area of So­pore, yes­ter­day.

As the bod­ies of Altaf Ahmed and Imtiyaz Ahmed reached their na­tive ar­eas in Brath Kalan, So­pore, and Wu­san in Bandi­pora, thou­sands of peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in their fu­neral prayers. The par­tic­i­pants raised high­pitched pro-free­dom and an­tiIn­dia slo­gans.

Ear­lier, peo­ple staged force­ful demon­stra­tions in Bo­mai when the troops were car­ry­ing out op­er­a­tion in the area. In­dian po­lice fired tear­gas shells and pel­lets to dis­perse the de­mon­stra­tors. Many civil­ians in­clud­ing two women were in­jured in the po­lice ac­tion. One of the in­jured youth re­ceived se­ri­ous pel­let in­juries on his head and was shifted to a hospi­tal in Srinagar for spe­cial­ized treat­ment. On the other hand, more than thirty peo­ple were wounded in Srinagar and Islamabad ar­eas af­ter be­ing hit by the pal­lets and tear­gas shells fired by In­dian po­lice and troops on peace­ful demon­stra­tions. The protests were held against In­dia’s plans to con­struct sep­a­rate colonies for re­tired In­dian sol­diers and Kash­miri Pan­dits, ha­rass­ment of Jammu Mus­lims, Delhi’s so­called In­dus­trial Pol­icy in Kash­mir and re­cent cus­to­dial killing of a youth, Sheikh Tan­veer Sul­tan. Two youth sus­tained crit­i­cal pal­let in­juries and were shifted to a hospi­tal in Srinagar.—KMS

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