6 youths detained during nocturnal raids in Pampore

Six youths were detained by the security forces during an overnight raid in south Kashmir’s Pampore township.

A police official said that forces in the dead of night on Wednesday surrounded a cluster of houses in different areas of Pampore and Khrew and detained six youths.

All the detainees were lodged in various police stations falling in the jurisdiction of Awantipora.

The youth, according to the official, are being quizzed for their “role in different anti-national activities.”

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed on second straight day in Tral township on Thursday against the killing of a local Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant.

All shops and other business establishments remained closed in the town while public transport was off the roads to mourn the militant’s killing.

A top Jaish-i-Muhamad (JeM) commander and his associate were killed in a gunfight with the security forces in Bhijbehara town in Anantnag district on Tuesday.

Police identified the slain Jaish commander as Fayaz Ahmad of Panzoo village of Tral. The second militant killed in the encounter, who was also active with JeM, was identified as Shanu Showkat of Kanelwan village of Bijbehara town..

People from different areas continued to visit the house of slain militant Fayaz in Panzoo to offer prayers for him.