Pulwama Residents Bid Tearful Adieu to Jaish Militants

Clashes Rock Pulwama, 6 cops injured

PULWAMA - At least six policemen were injured when agitated protestors turned the police Rakshak vehicle upside down in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district today.

The youth were mourning the death of two Jaish militants who were killed in a gunfight with troopers in Keller area. Meanwhile complete shutdown was observed in the town against the killing of the militants.

Police resorted to aerial firing and teargas shelling to disperse the agitated youth. In an encounter that started on Wednesday, Divisional Commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad Altaf Baba of Aglar Pakharpora was killed at Yachu Guchan, Kellar. Another militant Mohammad Abbas Nengroo was killed during the wee hours on Thursday.

As the word about his death spread, hundreds of people from Pulwama and the adjoining areas took to the streets. Chanting pro-freedom slogans, the agitated youth turned a police vehicle upside down and tried to set it ablaze. However, police swung into action and resorted to aerial firing. The protestors reorganized themselves at Muran Chowk and pelted stones at police and CRPF personnel. Police used dozens of tear gas shells to disperse the protestors but clashes continued for hours, injuring at least six policemen. “The policemen suffered minor injuries and they are stable. We did not arrest anyone and neither have we imposed curfew. Situation was brought under control and everything is normal,” said a police official.

Meanwhile complete shutdown was observed in the town. Shops and business establishments remained closed while traffic remained off the roads. Hundreds of people from Aglar Kandi and its adjoining areas gathered at the slain militant’s native village and participated in his funeral prayers.

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