People mourn the death of three militants in Hajan

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BANDIPORA: Amid a spontaneous shutdown, massive clashes erupted in Hajan and its adjoining areas in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district after hundreds of protesters mostly women and youth took to streets on Friday morning demanding the bodies of three militants who were killed in gun fight with Indian troopers in Khos Mohalla area of the town on Thursday.

Reports said that during late hours on Thursday, police handed over all the three slain militants to Boniyar Auqaf Committee who buried them in a local grave yard. The locals of Hajin and its adjoining areas demanded that bodies of the militants should be handed over to them for last rites. The protesters resorted to heavy stone-pelting prompting police to burst tear-smoke shells.

Eyewitnesses told CNS that the intense clashes between the protesters and government forces continued for hours while protesters amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans tried to block the Srinagar-Bandipora road, an attempt foiled by the state police.

Hajin and its adjoining areas including Naidkhai and Khos Mohalla observed a complete shutdown to mourn the death of the three militants.

 Traffic was remained off the road and work in government offices and banks were also affected. Students stayed away from tuition and coaching centres.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people offered funeral prayers in absentia for these militants near Jamia Masjid Hajin. (CNS)

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