Many in­jured in mil­i­tant’s fu­neral

The Asian Age - - Nation -

Srinagar, Jan. 13: Around a dozen per­sons were in­jured al­legedly in se­cu­rity forces’ ac­tion on pro­tes­tors dur­ing clashes in Shopian dis­trict of Jammu and Kash­mir on Sun­day, the po­lice said.

Clashes erupted be­tween groups of youth and se­cu­rity forces in Su­gan vil­lage of south Kash­mir’s Shopian dis­trict amid mul­ti­ple fu­neral prayers for Al- Badr com­man­der Zeenat- ul- Is­lam who was killed in an en­counter in Satur­day, a po­lice of­fi­cial said.

Su­gan is Is­lam’s na­tive vil­lage.

Clashes erupted soon after the forces tried to chase away the peo­ple from as­sem­bling in the vil­lage, the of­fi­cial said.

He said at least a dozen per­sons were in­jured the forces’ ac­tion.

The in­jured were taken to nearby hos­pi­tal, where­from four of them were re­ferred to SMHS hos­pi­tal here, the of­fi­cial said. in

A woman also suf­fered in­juries when she was al­legedly hit by a se­cu­rity forces’ ve­hi­cle dur­ing the clashes, the of­fi­cial said, adding she has been hos­pi­talised. Is­lam and his as­so­ci­ate ter­ror­ist Sha­keel Ah­mad Dar were killed in an en­counter with se­cu­rity forces in Kat­pora area of the neigh­bour­ing Kul­gam dis­trict on Satur­day.

Mean­while, for­mer Jammu and Kash­mir chief min­is­ter Me­hbooba Mufti termed the se­cu­rity forces’ ac­tion as “un­for­tu­nate and dis­turb­ing”.

“Re­ports of ae­rial fir­ing at Su­gan Shopian to stop the crowd from par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fu­neral prayers of a lo­cal mil­i­tant, are very un­for­tu­nate and dis­turb­ing. Such in­ter­fer­ence in the re­li­gious af­fairs is un­de­sir­able and may back­fire lead­ing to fur­ther anger and alien­ation,” Me­hbooba wrote on Twit­ter.

— PTI

Vil­lagers at­tend the fu­neral prayers of wanted mil­i­tant com­man­der Zeenat- ul- Is­lam at Kul­gam dis­trict J& K on Sun­day.

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