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People defy restrictions in J-K, attend funeral of slain militant

SNS | New Delhi |

A large number of people defied curfew-like restrictions imposed by the authorities on Saturday to attend the funeral of slain militant Mugees Ahmad Mir.

Authorities had imposed curfew in parts of Srinagar on Saturday as a precautionary measure following killing of an Al-Qaeda terrorist Mugees Mir in a shootout with the police on Friday evening. However, people from different parts of the city reached Parimpora area where the slain militant’s funeral was held.

On Friday, a sub-inspector of police was also killed and a constable injured in the shootout by terrorists in the Zakura area of Srinagar.

Mir is the first militant of the Al-Qaeda to be killed by security forces in Kashmir. The outfit is led by the radical Zakir Musa.

Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was put under house arrest while Yasin Malik was lodged in the central jail as a precautionary measure to prevent them from instigating people on the killing of Mir.

All education institutions were shut down and train services suspended in the valley. Security forces were deployed in strength to thwart and untoward incident and the restrictions were implemented strictly.

Two other terrorists travelling in a car with Mir had escaped from the spot after firing at the police. Mir was killed on the spot.

(With agency inputs)