Thousands participate in slain Muzaffar’s funeral in Sopore; Locals question ‘encounter’

KL News Network

Srinagar

Photos by Muhammad Abu Bakar

Thousands of people Friday attended the funeral procession of slain Muzaffar Iqbal Naikoo who was killed in a mid-night gun fight on the outskirts of Srinagar city in Muchua area of Bagh-e-Mehtab.

Braving incessant snowfall thousands assembled at the native place of slain Muzaffar alais Muzze Molvi in Batpora Sopore.

As the body of slain Muzaffar reached his native village, women in hoards came out of their houses and showered petals and toffees on his body.

Mourners later took out massive anti-India procession raising pro-freedom and pro-Pakistan slogans.

Later, massive clashes erupted in the area with youths pelting stones and bricks on forces.

Forces retaliated resulting in intense clashes. “Massive teargas shells were used to stop the protests.”

Meanwhile, the locals of Muchua have refuted the police claims that Muzaffar was killed in an encounter.

They said, “Firing started at around 11:25 pm and after a number of shots forces left from the spot leaving an unidentified body there.”

Locals said, “We believe that no militant was caught in the area but they had carried him along.”

However, police sources informed Kashmir Life that a brief fire exchange was reported from Gulzarpora late last night in which one militant was killed.

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