Amid rains, thousands attend funeral of Pampore boy

Amid rains, thousands attend funeral of Pampore boy
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Father says bullet wound in boy’s chest makes it ‘clear case of target fire’

PAMPORE: Braving heavy rains, thousands of people on Saturday participated in the funeral prayers of slain teenage boy Faizan Gani Poswal at his ancestral village in Pampore. Faizan was shot dead by government forces during clashes near an encounter site in Chatapora area of Pulwama town on Friday.
Faizan was a Class 10 student at MEI School Pampore. His body was taken to his native village Gosainad Ladhoo village of Pampore last evening, but his last rites were performed on Saturday morning. Amid continuous rains, people from dozens of villages of Pulwama district reached Ladhoo village to participate in his funeral prayers.
Two rounds of funeral prayers were held for the slain teenager on Friday evening, one in the premises of district hospital Pulwama, and the second in his native village.
During the last rites this morning, loud pro-freedom and anti-India slogans reverberated all around. Faizan’s body was carried to his ancestral graveyard in the form of a huge procession. He was lowered in the grave amid sobs and tears. Classmates of Faizan were seen crying and weeping during his last rites.
Faizan’s father, Abdul Gani Poswal, a doctor at district hospital Pulwama, told Kashmir Reader that his son was deliberately shot in the chest. “It was target fire. The forces could have chased away the protesters by firing warning shots, but they fired to kill. My son’s killing was a clear case of target fire,” Dr Gani said.
He said his son had left home for Friday prayers when the encounter was going on. “In the morning he told me he will not go to school. I also agreed, considering it was Friday and the situation usually remains tense. Before leaving home he told us that he will go to offer Friday prayers. He may have gone to the encounter site along with some friends,” Dr Gani said.
The boy’s uncle, Mohammad Yasin Poswal, said that the unresolved political dispute of Kashmir is responsible for the bloodshed in Kashmir.
“Every day we have to shoulder the coffins of our young ones. Unless the Kashmir issue is resolved, blood will continue to flow here. India and Pakistan should talk and find a solution to this dispute,” Yasin said.