Tral shuts to mourn militant's killing

Militant killing: Shutdown in Tral; Internet continues to remain shut

A complete shutdown was observed in Tral township of Pulwama district on Wednesday against the killing of a local Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant.

All shops and other business establishments were closed in the town while as 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 Bijbehara town in Anantnag district on Tuesday.

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

On Wednesday people continued to throng the native village of Fayaz in Panzoo here to participate in his funeral prayers. He was later laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard.

Contingents of police and CRPF troopers were deployed in the town to thwart any protests.

Authorities also suspended Internet service in Tral sub-district on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, security forces on Wednesday afternoon restored to aerial firingin Arihal village of Pulwama districtafter locals staged a protest.

As per witnesses, locals staged protest in Arihal after army soldiers allegedly abused a local shopkeeper.

Followingthe protest, army thrashed several civilians and also damaged the property of locals, alleged the local residents. When contacted, defence spokesman Rajesh Kalia denied the locals’ statement. “Army has neither thrashed anyone nor damaged anyone’s property. The allegations from locals are totally baseless,” he said.