Shopian killings: 3rd youth succumbs Thousands attend funeral of Rayees Shutdown continues for 7th day

Thousands of people took part in the funeral of youth, Rayees Ahmad Ganie, who succumbed last night to injuries sustained in Army firing on Saturday last at Ganowpora, Shopian.

Ganie was buried at his native village of Nadipora on Wednesday afternoon amid anti-Indian and pro-freedom slogans. Rayees was injured in army firing at Ganowpora village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district on January 27. Two other youth, Javid Ahmad and Suhail Javid were killed in the forces action. He died at SKIMS last night as he was in a critical state for last five days.

Relatives of Rayees said that he had received a bullet injury on forehead and was operated at SKIMS before he was put on a life support system.

As soon as the body of the youth reached Nadipora, early morning, people from different areas of Shopian started marching towards the village to participate in his funeral prayers. Four
back-to-back funeral prayers were held in which a huge number of villagers took part.

Elder brother of slain youth, Khurshid Ahmad, said that Rayees was visiting his aunt’s house at Keegam, a village around four kilometers from Nadipora, when he received bullet injuries.
“When he was returning home he was fired by army near Ganowpora village,” Khurshid said.
An orphan Rayees left behind a mother and two brothers. Residents said that the youth lost his father, Mohammad Yusuf Ganie, a year ago and was living with his elderly mother.
A student of 12th class, Rayees had failed in few subjects in previous examination and was preparing for upcoming test for the subjects he had failed in.
A spontaneous shutdown was observed in Pulwama as soon as people got the news about death of Rayees Ahmad. Sopkeepers downed their shutters and public transport remained off the road. Stray incidents of stone pelting were also witnessed in Pulwama town.
A complete shutdown was observed for seventh consecutive day in Shopian district against civil killings in Audoo and Ganowpora villages. Minor clashes were reported from Zoovora village as well.
The Shopian district has been observing a shutdown since January 24 when a civilian, Shakir Ahmad Mir, a resident of Qalampora was killed in army firing near encounter site in Audoo village.
The shutdown intensified after two youth from two neighboring villages were killed in Ganowpora village on January 27 in army firing when some youth were resisting army’s attempts to withdraw banners and flags which were hoisted on the grave of slain militant, Firdous Ahmad.
Eyewitnesses told Rising Kashmir that on Tuesday evening people in Shopian had decided to call off the shutdown but after the news of Rayees’ death, the shutdown continued on Wednesday. Mobile internet services continued to remain snapped in Shopian and Pulwama districts.