Srinagar: Kashmir University students, scholars and teachers offered funeral prayers in absentia of for Yakoob Memon and Taliban Afghan Chief Mullah Omar on Friday here. Funeral prayers for Yakoob Memon were also held at various other places across the valley. Special prayers amid protests were also held for Memon in many masjids.
Eyewitnesses told CNS that hundreds of students, scholars and teachers shortly after Friday prayers assembled outside University Masjid and offered funeral prayers for Yakoom Memon and Mullah Omar.
Funeral prayers for Memon were also offered in scores of Masjids while in Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian, Baramulla, Ganderbal and other places, peaceful protests were held against the hanging of Yakoom Memon.
The spots of protests resonated with slogans like We want freedom and Go India Go Back. The authorities had deployed large contingents of policemen and CRPF personnel on law and order duties.
Police sealed Idgah Hanfia in South Kashmirs Anantnag district to prevent Hurriyat G District president Mir Hafizullah from offering funeral prayers in absentia for Yakoob Memon. Reports said that Hafizullah and other activists were bundled into police vehicles when they tried to move towards Idgah Hanafia. Locals informed CNS that many youth who had updated and informed people about the venue and timing about the funeral prayers on social networking site facebok were picked up by police. However, later on they were all released. (CNS)