Thousands attend funeral of civilian killed by army in Kulgam

Thousands attend funeral of civilian killed by army in Kulgam
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Shutdown in Anantnag on Qazi Nisar’s death anniversary

ANANTNAG: Thousands of people Tuesday attended the funeral prayers of a civilian, Aijaz Ahmad Bhat, killed in army firing Monday evening in Akhran area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Bhat was shot dead and another person was injured as army opened fire at people protesting alleged army highhandedness in the area.
The locals had alleged that the army had been harassing the local youth on a daily basis in the area and on Monday they had ventured into the village twice.
“They checked phones and identity cards of local youth and detained them for hours for no reason at all. Infuriated the local youth rebuked the army men leading to an altercation, followed by clashes and then firing by the army,” sources had said.
This morning hundreds of people marched to Akhran and participated in the funeral prayers of Bhat. He was lowered into the grave amid sobs and tears.
A complete shutdown was observed across Kulgam district against the killing.
There were no reports of clashes anywhere in the district, throughout the day.
In Anantnag district a shutdown was observed to commemorate the 24th death anniversary of religious leader, Nisar Ahmad Qazi.
His son and chairman of the Ummat-e-Islami, Qazi Ahmad Yasir, had called for a “Dialgam Chalo” which was foiled by the police.
In Pulwama, a partial shutdown was observed following detention of some local youth by the police.
Some youth also pelted stones at the police station in main town Pulwama. No one was injured during the clashes, though.