Many injured after troops fired live bullets on mourners

Srinagar, January 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people took part in the funeral prayers of martyrs Zeenat-ul-Islam and Shakeel Ahmad Dar in their native villages in Shopian district, today.

Five rounds of funeral were held for Zeenatul Islam and four rounds for Shakeel Ahmad Dar. The youth were martyred by the Indian troops during a cordon and search operation in Yaripora area of Kulgam district, yesterday. The troops had blocked all roads leading to the native villages of the martyrs to prevent the mourners from attending their last rites. However, people defying restrictions reached the villages. The youth were buried in their ancestral villages amid high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

Meanwhile, many people including a woman were injured when troops fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells on mourners. The injured woman was identified as Shokhi Jan. Four mourners with pellet injuries, one in eye, were admitted to Zainapora hospital, while three injured including the woman were brought to district hospital Shopian for treatment. Another five, three with bullet and two with pellet injuries, were brought to district hospital Pulwama. Later, three of them who were hit with bullets in head and legs were shifted to Srinagar for specialized treatment.

On the other hand, complete shutdown was observed in south Kashmir on Sunday against the killing of Zeenat-ul-Islam and Shakeel Ahmad Dar. All the shops, business establishments were closed in Pulwama and Tral areas of south Kashmir. The authorities suspended train services between Banihal and Srinagar apprehending eruption of anti-India protests against the killings.

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