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Despite raids, hundreds of people participated in a pro-freedom rally in Dooru Sopore on Sep 10, 2016. (KL Image: Muhammad Abu Bakr)
Despite raids, hundreds of people participated in a pro-freedom rally in Dooru Sopore on Sep 10, 2016. (KL Image: Muhammad Abu Bakr)

Forces including CRPF and polive men fired tear-smoke shells and pellets at 23-year-old Yawar Ahmad Dar’s funeral procession in Botengo area of Islamabad district in south Kashmir.

“They didn’t even spare him in death. His funeral was showered with teargas shells as we took him for burial,” said a local who was part of the funeral.

Local reports said that Yawar’s funeral procession came under heavy tear-gas and pellet shelling leaving more than a dozen injured.

“A few shells hit local government school building leaving it in flames,” said the witness. “We are trying to save houses adjacent to the school before they catch fire.”

The funeral was being held in a local ground adjacent to the Higher Secondary School Botengo. One storey “long” building of the school is gutted in the blaze.

Meanwhile, the heavy shelling by forces made people retreat from the funeral, leaving behind Yawar’s body. “His body is in the middle of ground. Nobody is able to go near it,” said the witness.

When last reports reached here locals were still struggling to douse the flames. “All we could see is huge black clouds of smoke. Rest is all black,” said a local over phone.

Yawar was killed when forces fired pellet in Botengoo village this morning. The forces had raided the village to make arrests. Yawar was hit by pellets in his abdomen and chest. He succumbed to his injuries in district hospital Islamabad.

(Aakash Hassan contributed reporting for this copy.)

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