Thousands of Kashmiris defy Indian troops restrictions in Occupied Kashmir

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Thousands of Kashmiris defy Indian troops restrictions in Occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD - Thousands of people, braving inclement weather conditions, Thursday attended the funeral prayers of three youth in Baramulla town. According to Kashmir Media Service, the youth identified as, Suhaib Farooq Akhoon, Mohsin Mushtaq Butt and Nasir Ahmad Darzi, were killed by the Indian troops during a cordon and search operation in Binner area of Baramulla district, yesterday. Despite shutdown and restrictions, large number of people from various localities reached Khanpora and Old Town areas of the district to participate in the last rites of the martyred youth. Amid vociferous pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the mourners including men and women marched with the bodies of the martyrs before lowering them in their last abodes. Pakistani flags were also seen being waved on the occasion. Media reports quoting witnesses said that the forces had sealed several roads in Khanpora and Old Town areas to limit the number of mourners in the funerals of the martyred youth. They said heavy contingent of Indian police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in the town early Thursday morning. Internet remained suspended for the second consecutive day, today, in the district. Complete shutdown is also being observed in Baramulla district to mourn the killings. Meanwhile, complete shutdown is as well being observed on the second consecutive day, today, in Shopian and Pulwama districts of south Kashmir to mourn the killing of six youth martyred in two separate cordon and search operations launched by the troops in Heff-Shirmal area of Shopain and Charar-e-Sharif area of Badgam on Monday and Tuesday.