Sopore militant killed in Budgam laid to rest


Thousands of people poured onto the streets of Sopore, when the body of slain militant Mehraj-ud-Din Khan alias Maroof and Kaleemullah, a resident of New colony Sopore, reached home.

Thousands of people on Thursday attended the funeral prayers of slain militant Mehraj in Sopore.
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Mehraj was killed with top Lashkar commander Naveed Jatt in a gunfight with government forces in Chattergam area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday.

Reports said amid pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans the slain militant Mehraj’s funeral was held at Iqbal Market Sopore.

People carry the body of slain militant Mehraj in Sopore on Thursday during the funeral procession.
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Earlier police in a statement said that Mehraj was an Over Ground Worker who was arrested in October this year and later gave slip and escaped for Police Station and formally joined militant ranks.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted between protesters and the government forces deployed in the area shortly after the culmination of last rites of the Mehraj.

Shoewear of mourners who fled from the scene after police resorted to teargas shelling to disperse the funeral procession of slain militant Mehraj in Sopore on November 29,2018.

The 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.

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