Indian troops use force on students, protesters in IOK

Kashmir protests

Magray, a student, was killed during a clash between stone-pelters and security forces who had launched a cordon- and-search operation in a village in Shopian district of south Kashmir last evening to flush out hiding militants.

The student carrying placards and banners pelted stones on the police and CRPF men, who intercepted and prevented them from marching on the highway.

During clashes, one person identified as Aadil Ahmad Magray was critically injured, following which he succumbed to his injuries. Thousands of people attended his funeral prayers amidst chanting of pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. Witnesses said agitated youth took out pro-freedom and anti-India demos on streets while police fired teargas to disperse them. "Youth are scared, yet they carry out their mission with utmost zeal and passion", said Hurriyat (G). Massive sloganeering reverberated the village before and after the funeral prayers.

Tarigami said such incidents could be avoided if the security forces exercised restraint. Statement said that Meraj u Din Kalwal and Omer Adil are detained in Police Station Nowgam with providing any reason for detention to their families. "The situation was brought under control and the Highway was kept through for vehicular movement". "Even women and children participated in protests", Ghulam Rasool Magray, a resident of Ganawpora told The Citizen over phone.

The students of Government Boys Higher Secondary School Pampore and Government Girls Higher Secondary School Pampore protested at Namlabal Pampore against Adil's killing.

The leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said the NIA raids is an attempt to defame the pro-freedom leadership.

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