Normalcy returns to Kupwara after 4 days

Greater Kashmir

Kupwara, Mar 1: Life returned to normal in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district after four days of restrictions, clashes and strike in the wake of killing of seven alleged militants by Army on February 24.
All the business establishments, shops, government and private offices re-opened on Saturday and transport plied smoothly on all roads in the district.
On February 24 afternoon, Army and police claimed to have killed seven unidentified militants in the forests of Dardpora, Lolab. However villagers insisted that the people killed were not militants and demanded their identity.
Violent protests broke out in Lalpora area of Lolab after people demanded bodies of the slain men. Forces resorted to aerial firing and tear gas shelling to quell the protests. At least 10 villagers, 5 photo-journalists and five security personnel were injured in the clashes at Lalpora. Agitated protestors attacked Police station Lalpora, torched two sentry posts and damaged some vehicles.