35 injured in clashes between protestors, police in Srinagar
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Last Updated: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 20:17
Srinagar: Defying prohibitory orders, hundreds of people on Saturday took part in the funeral of the 17-year-old youth, who was killed during a clash between demonstrators and police, even as skirmishes between protesters and police left 35 persons, including 15 policemen, injured across the city.

As the body of Tufail Ahmad Mattoo was handed over to the next of kins by police today for last rites, people - men, women and children - without caring for prohibitory orders and presence of police and paramilitary personnel, came out of their houses and marched towards the residence of Mattoos in Saidkadal.

Body of the youth was taken in a procession to Jamia Masjid where chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, JKLF chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik, vice-chairman of rival faction of JKLF Javid Ahmad Mir and other Hurriyat leaders including Syed Saleem Geelani participated in "Nimaz-e-Jinazzah' (Prayer before burial) of Tufail.

Later, the body of the 12th class student was laid to rest at martyrs graveyard in Eidgah, a vast ground in old city, where a large gathering had assembled from different parts of the city to participate in the funeral with no untoward incident, a police spokesman said.

The spokesman said the body of the deceased youth was handed over to the legal heirs after a team of doctors constituted by the District Magistrate conducted postmortem to ascertain the actual cause of death of the youth.

"As the mourners insisted on burying the body at Eidgah, the route clearance was facilitated as a result of which the mourners offered Nimaz-e-Jinazah at Jamia Masjid and later buried the body at Eidgah. Police and CRPF showed tremendous restraint as a result of which the entire process passed off, by and large, peacefully", the spokesman said.


First Published: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 20:17

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