Thousands show up at slain militants’ funeral in Shopian

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SRINAGAR — Thousands of people on Saturday participated in funeral prayers of slain militants who were killed in an encounter at Gadhapora Shopian on Friday.

Eyewitness said that at Harmain and Arhama, tens of thousands of people had gathered during wee hours of this morning and participated in last rites of the slain militants. People were chanting pro-freedom and pro-militant slogans, they said.

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Militants on Saturday also offered gun salute at Arhama Shopian on the funeral of slain Yasir Ahmad Shah.

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Eyewitnesses said that a group of four militants appeared at the funeral of slain Yasir Ahmad Shah and fired many shots in air.

Massive pro-freedom sloganeering was heard when militants were present on the spot, they said. After firing, militants rushed away from the spot, they added.

Pertinently, Yasir Ahmad Shah of Arhama was killed along with his associate in Gadhapora area of Shopian on Friday. He had joined militant ranks just a few days ago.

Showkat was ex-SPO who decamped with the service rifle of his colleague from Police Station Shopian on August 25 last year.

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Belonging to a well-off family, Showkat according to locals was very brilliant in his studies and had joined Police Department during 2016 agitation.

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