Pulwama: A complete shutdown was observed in several areas of Pulwama district in south Kashmir on Thursday to mourn the death of Lashkar-e-Toiba militants in a gunfight with government forces. Abu Osaka and Abu Hafeez of LeT died in a gunfight in a plant nursery near Wandakhpora village of the district on Wednesday sparking massive protests and clashes in multiple hamlets of the district.
Witnesses said that all shops and business establishments remained closed in Tral, Awantipora, Kakapora and other areas of Pulwama district. Traffic remained mostly off the roads in all the areas.
Clashes broke out between protesters and police in Kakapora where agitated youth hurled stones on police station, prompting police to burst tear-smoking shells. Groups of youth also attacked policemen in Muran Chowk, however, police exercised restraint and did not retaliate.
Eyewitnesses told CNS that government forces cordoned off different areas of the district including Wandakpora, Malangpora, Beighpora, Dogripora to flush out militants. Defence sources said that search operations on Thursday was launched after specific inputs that escaped militants are still present somewhere around in these hamlets.
Meanwhile, the two non-local militants who were killed on Wednesday were buried during the dead of the night by police at Gantmohalla t area falling under the jurisdiction of police station Sheeri in Baramulla district. A senior police officer confirmed that both the foreign militants were laid to rest during late night hours. (CNS)
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