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KNZ NEWS DESK

Srinagar 11 Oct : Tens of thousands of people on Thursday participated in the last rites of scholar-turned-militant Manan Wani at his native Tekipora village of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

Wani was killed along with an associate Ashiq Hussain Zargar in a gunfight with the government forces in Shatgund village of the district earlier today.

Reports said that over 20000 people took part in the funeral prayers of Wani. “It looked as if the entire population of Lolab valley had assembled in Tekipora,” said an eye witness.

Wani was enrolled as a PhD scholar with the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) before joining Hizb ul Mujahideen militant outfit in January earlier this year.(GK)