Sopore, Jan 4: Hundreds of people participated in the last rites of a local Kashmiri youth Arif Ahmed Sofi who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside his maternal home at Herwan Bomai area of Sopore town in North Kashmir.
The slain youth (29), was the resident of Unsoo area of Sopore town.
Arif Ahmed Sofi son of Muhammad Maqbool Sofi with no militancy background was presently doing a job in a pharmaceutical company.
He is survived by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.
His father Muhammad Maqbool Sofi has been closely associated with separatist organization Jammu Kashmir People’s League and had spent over seven years in jail for supporting the ongoing Kashmir Freedom Movement.
“I can’t blame anyone but my son has been murdered to suppress my sentiments and to stop me from supporting the ongoing freedom struggle,” the father of the slain youth told.
A large number of people participated in the last rites of the slain youth. The mourners chanted pro-freedom and pro Pakistan slogans.

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