Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said the incident of ‘aerial firing’ on mourners in Shopian might lead to ‘further anger and alienation’ in Kashmir.Mehbooba was responding to reports about the forces’ firing at mourners during the funeral of slain Al Badr Commander Zeenat-ul-Islam at a village in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
She said the aerial firing at Sugan Shopian to stop the people from participating in the slain militant’s funeral is very ‘unfortunate and disturbing.’
“Reports of aerial firing at Sugan Shopian to stop the crowd from participating in the funeral prayers of a local militant, are very unfortunate and disturbing . Such interference in the religious affairs is undesirable and may backfire leading to further anger and alienation,” she tweeted.Earlier today, at least eleven civilians were injured after the forces fired live ammunition and pellets at the protesters in the village.
Reports said that the forces had blocked all roads leading to Sugan village to limit the number of mourners gathering for funeral of Islam who was killed by the forces yesterday evening in Yaripora area of Kulgam.Witnesses said that clashes erupted soon after the forces resorted to aerial firing to chase away the people assembling in the village.
They said that forces fired live ammunition and pellets at the protesters, resulting in injuries to at least eleven civilians.