Militant’s killing shuts Awantipora for 2nd. day

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PULWAMA: Awantipora and its adjoining areas Monday observed a shutdown for the second consecutive day against the killing of a local militant during a gun fight on Saturday evening.

Lashkar-e-Toiba commander, Irhad Ahmed Ganaie, a resident of Padgampora, Awantipora, who according to police was allegedly involved in Hyderpora deadly attack on Army convoy that claimed the lives of more than 12 Indian Army personnel was killed in Naman Kakapora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday evening after a gun fight with government forces.

Eyewitnesses told local news agency, CNS, that all the shops, educational institutions and business establishments remained closed while skeletal movement of traffic was observed on roads.

Large contingent of police and Para-military troopers had been deployed to thwart protests in the area. 

No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the town and day passed off peacefully, a police spokesperson said.

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