Scores attend funeral march in Kashmir

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Srinagar, June 15 (IANS) A young man shot dead in the Kashmir Valley on charges of being a militant was buried here on Wednesday, scores of youths attending the funeral shouting anti-India slogans, officials said.

The family of Tanvir Ahmed Sheikh, killed by security force in Kud town in Udhampur district on Monday, denied the government’s claim that he was a militant who fired at security forces, leading to retaliatory firing.

The government told the state assembly on Tuesday that Sheikh fired from an AK-47 rifle after a bus he was travelling in was stopped by security forces for routine check.

Authorities said they seized an AK-47 rifle from his possession.

Senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani questioned the official version of Sheikh’s death after the family refuted the government claim.

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Police and paramilitary forces were deployed in strength during the funeral procession to prevent violence by youths, who shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans during the burial.

–IANS

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