Thousands attend funeral of martyred youth » Kashmir Media Service

Complete shutdown observed in Srinagar

Srinagar, November 18 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people, including women and children, defied restrictions and attended the funeral of a martyred youth, Mughees Ahmed Mir, in Srinagar, today.

Mughees Ahmed Mir was killed by Indian troops during a siege and search operation in Zakura area of Srinagar, last evening.

Witnesses said that mourners reached Parimpora, the native area of the martyred youth, despite strict restrictions placed by the authorities and heavy rains. Women mourners were seen wailing and beating their chests as men carried the body of Mughees to the graveyard. He was laid to rest amid high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Youth took to the streets in the area and clashed with Indian troops and police personnel who were deployed in strength.

The puppet authorities had imposed curfew-like restrictions in Srinagar and announced closure of educational institutions to prevent demonstrations against the killing of Mughees Ahmed. The authorities also arrested the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and put the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under house arrest. The APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, is already under house arrest for the past several years. The detention of the leaders was aimed at stopping them from visiting the residence of the martyred youth and expressing solidarity with his family. Despite restrictions, delegations of various pro-freedom organizations participated in the funeral of Mughees Ahmed.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Srinagar and its adjacent areas to mourn the killing of the martyred youth. All shops and business establishments remained closed while traffic was off the road. Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Syed Ali Gilani and Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in their statements paid glowing tributes to Mughees Ahmed Mir.

The delegations of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League and Salvation Movement visited different areas of Islamabad, Kulgam and Baramulla and expressed solidarity with the victims of Indian state terrorism.

Hurriyat leader, Zamruda Habib, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League and High Court Bar Association of the occupied territory in their statements in Srinagar strongly condemned the invoking of draconian law, Public Safety Act, for 36th time on the illegally detained senior APHC leader, Masarrat Aalam Butt.

In New Delhi, the students of Jamia Millia Islamia, in a statement registered strong protest against the invitation extended by the University to the puppet Chief Minister of occupied Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, and Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, to inaugurate a hostel. They said, their conscience does not allow them to welcome Rajnath Singh and Mehbooba Mufti – a person who purports to be a representative of the people of Jammu and Kashmir but whose consistent effort has been that the Kashmiris should change their aspirations and succumb to the demands of the Indian state.

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