Killed Shopian student laid to rest with school uniform

ESS AHMAD. Dated: 5/4/2018 12:41:18 AM

Thousands gather for funeral prayers

ANANTNAG, Apr 3: Thousands of people on Thursday gathered to offer funeral prayers for the boy killed during clashes with government forces near the gunfight site in Turwangam village of Shopian district even as complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama, Shopian and some other parts of south Kashmir over the militant and civilian killings.
Omar Kumar, a 9th class student was killed after the forces fired bullets and pellet ammunition into the protesters who had assembled near encounter site to disrupt the anti-militant operation.
Over a dozen youth also suffered injuries after being hit by bullets and pellets.
The slain boy was laid to rest at his native village in Pinjoora amid sobs and tears. Local sources said that thousands of people since early morning began assembling near the residence of the slain to offer his funeral prayers.
Slogans, a witness said, reverberated all around during the burial of the slain.
A witness said that the emotions rose high during the last rites of the slain after his sister came out with his school uniform and kept on crying at his life-less body to wake up and prepare for the school.
The father of the slain youth, witnesses said, later laid the white coloured school shirt on the body of his son and insisted that he be buried along with his uniform. The people respected his father's wish.
Meanwhile a complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama and Shopian districts of south Kashmir over the killings. While as Pulwama district shut for the fourth straight day, Shopian observed shutdown for third day. Shutdown was also observed in Anantnag town over the killing of a civilian. All the shops, business establishments and private offices, were shut in these areas. While roads in Pulwama and Shopian wore a deserted look while in Anantnag traffic plied normally.



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