Srinagar: Hundreds of people in Beerwah town of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Friday held funeral prayers in absentia for slain scholar turned militant Mannan Wani.

The prayers were held immediately after the congregational Friday prayers culminated in the town.

Witnesses said that hundreds of people after Friday prayers at grand mosque assembled in the main town and offered absentia prayers to the slain militants who were killed on Thursday by government forces in Shatgund are of Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

They said that people later dispersed peacefully.

Reports of absentia funeral prayers for the slain were also received from Jinab-sb in Soura in Srinagar.

Funeral prayers also in absentia were held for scholar-turned-militant Manan Wani in Anantnag town of south Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Clashes erupted in parts of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, including Tekkipora – native village of slain Hizb ul Mujahideen commander Mannan Wani – after congregational Friday prayers.

Reports said that youth took to streets in Sogam, Tekkipora, Kupwara main market and Regipora areas of the district to protest the killing of Wani and his aide in a gunfight yesterday.

They said that the forces deployed in strength in the area fired tear gas to foil the protests.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown is being observed in the district to pay homage to Wani.

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik has called for a shutdown today

Earlier, reports said that people in Tikkipora, the native village of Mannan, hundreds of people offered funeral prayers to the slain.

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