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Thousands participate in militants’ funerals

Srinagar, Oct 26: At least 20 persons were injured in the alleged use of bullets, pellets and other force by government forces during clashes with youth in south Kashmir’s Anantnag and Kulgam districts where four militants, killed in a gunfight on Thursday, were laid to rest on Friday.

Reports said that youth clashes with government forces at Anantnag, Redwani, Arwani, Wanpora, Khudwani, Bijbehara, Hawora-Mishpora, Watoo Aharbal and Damhal Hanjipora areas in the district.

“We received five injured persons. Out of them, three had pellet wounds in the body and two had firearm injuries in their legs,” Medical Superintendent Anantnag Dr Abdul Majeed Mehrab told new agency GNS.

He said that all the injured have been referred to Srinagar hospitals for advanced treatment.

A doctor at sub-district hospital Bijbehara said that two injured persons including one with pellet injuries and another firearm leg were received at the hospital.

An official from Kulgam said that at least 13 persons were injured in clashes in parts of Kulgam including Redwani.

Among them, the official said, three received bullet wounds and were referred to Srinagar hospital.

Reports of clashes were also received from parts of Baramulla including Old Town Baramulla, Bag-i-Islam, Brat Kalan Sopore and its adjoining areas.

Six militants were killed in separate gunfights at Arwani in Anantnag and Kreeri in Baramulla were laid to rest.

Four militants of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen –Sahir Makroo of Arwani, Owais Ahmad Lone from Hawora-Mishpora area of Kulgam, Muzamil Magray of Watoo Aharbal and Amir Tantray of Damhal Hanjipora Kulgam –were killed in a gunfight with the forces in Khar mohalla of Arwani last night.

Minhajul Mohiuddin son of Ghulam Mohiuddin resident of Brath Kalan Sopore and Aqeel Rashid Sofi (17) son of Abdul Rashid Sofi of Khanpora, Baramulla. Thousands of people attended their funerals in respective villages on Friday and were laid to rest amid pro-freedom slogans, reports said.