Tral, Awantipora observe shutdown

Complete shutdown was today observed here in Tral and Awantipora areas on the second day against the killing of two militants in a brief encounter at Hari on Sunday.
Tral, Awantipora observe shutdown
Photo: Mir Wasim/GK

Complete shutdown was today observed here in Tral and Awantipora areas on the second day against the killing of two militants in a brief encounter at Hari on Sunday.

Reports said that all the offices, business establishments and shops were closed while as the transport was completely off the roads. People were seen walking towards their destinations, they said.

Two non local militants of JeM were killed while as one army personnel was injured in a brief encounter in Hari Parigam village of Tral Sunday afternoon.

Massive protests were held in many areas against the killing of the two militants following the encounter. Clashes also erupted in Awantipora soon after the encounter and youth pelted stones on Police Station Awantipora. In retaliation, forces lobbed tear smoke shells and fired in air to disperse them. 

The protests continued till late evening even after the two militants were buried in Bargam Tral.

Police and forces had sealed all the entry and exit points leading to Tral, but people from Dadsara, Chandrigam, Noorpora, Nowpora, Amlar, Seal, Doonigund and other areas thronged Bargam and participated in the funeral prayers of the slain militants.

Meanwhile, paying tributes to the two slain militants, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani has said that the loss of precious human lives would continue to occur due to the 'instable and uncertain' political situation in Jammu and Kashmir. 

"These brave-hearts of our nation are sacrificing their precious lives for the liberation of this land and put a heavy responsibility on us to protect their sacrifices and carry forward the freedom struggle at all costs," Geelani in a statement today said.

Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) also paid tributes to two militants killed in Tral and one militant slain at Lolab. In a statement, a DeM party spokesperson said, "The youth are making sacrifices to free Jammu Kashmir for Islam. The Mujahideen have emerged as icons of bravery and courage as they fight a huge opponent to free an oppressed nation."

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