Clashes break out during funeral of militant in north Kashmir’s Sopore

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Sopore: Violent protests broke out Friday morning in this north Kashmir Township during the funeral of a Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen militant killed in an encounter by government forces on Thursday night.

Government forces lobbed tear gas canisters and fired pellets after hundreds of people, mostly youth from Arampora and adjoining areas tried to take slain militant Naseer Ahmad Teli’s body in a procession to Chinkipora Park to offer his funeral prayers, witnesses told Kashmir Reader.

The angry youth, they said hurled rocks at the government forces to vent out their anger against Teli’s killing. The clashes continued for some time; however no one was reported hurt.

After a brief disruption, funeral prayers of Teli were offered at the Chinkipora Park, witnesses said. They said thousands of people attended the funeral prayers despite heavy rains.

Teli was laid to rest at the martyrs’ graveyard adjacent to the park.

A resident of Arampora, Teli was killed in a brief shootout with government forces at a checkpoint in Sagipora area of Handwara on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, curfew like restrictions have been imposed in Sopore town while mobile internet service has been suspended amid fears of widespread protests against the militant’s killing.