Fear Grips Geelani’s Sopore Village

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Gunmen tried to ‘kill’ two more former militants

Sopore:  Dooru, the native village of Syed Ali Geelani has turned into a ‘ghost village’ where people are reluctant to venture out of their houses during early morning or late evening hours. 

Dooru witnessed complete election boycott the day people elsewhere came out in droves to vote for Assembly and Parliament elections . 

During the holy month of Ramazan, very few people could be seen offering congregational prayers in the Masjid.

“The spate of killings in the town scared the former militants and supporters of Jamat-e-Islami. And now when the situation had started to normalize, the two incidents that occurred on Thursday morning at Sehri time have left the villagers shell shocked,” locals of Dooru said.

According to locals unidentified gunmen forcibly tried to enter into the house of a former militant Muhammad Yousuf Ganaie during Sehri time on Thursday morning. “Ganaie who runs a saw mill did not respond to the repeated knocks of the unidentified gunmen. The gunmen made an attempt to enter into the house through rear gate but were attacked by a stray dog, whom they killed by pumping two bullets right into its head,” said an elderly person wishing not to be named.

The house of the Ganaie is surprisingly locked up from the time of the incident. Locals said that he has shifted to some safer place. According to locals, the unidentified gunmen soon after killing the stray dog, entered into the court yard of Sharief-u-Din Shah, and knocked at their door. Shah is an ardent activist of  Jammat-e-Islami. His son Altaf Ahmed Shah, a former militant runs a provisional store in main market Sopore.

“The gunmen fled from the scene after we raised hue and cry. We did not open up the door and instead yelled at them. Sensing trouble, they fled from the spot,” a family member said adding that they are so scared that they hardly move out from the house during morning and evening hours.

“You can yourself perceive the tense atmosphere in the village. Life used to be abuzz with activity here, but it looks a ghost place now. Nobody knows what will happen next moment,” an elderly person sitting on the edge of the shop said.

The locals said that government forces visited the houses of Shah and Ganaie to enquire about the incidents. “We don’t feel safe here and are mulling to migrate from this village,” said a teacher.

Meanwhile, Army in the Sopore town has issued helpline number for non-locals urging them to contact the troopers in case they face any trouble. Recently, unknown person had left a chit in Jamia Masjid, that asked all the non-locals especially Bihari’s to vacate from Sopore town. “Yes, Army soldiers visited our place. They provided us phone number and asked us to call on this number of they are in trouble,” said a non-local. (CNS)  

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