PULWAMA/Srinagar: At least 12 thousand people participated in the Nimaz-e-Jinaza of Lashkar-e-Toiba militant Adil Ahmad Wagay of Banderpora Pulwama who was killed in an encounter with government forces on Sunday.
Amid heavy deployment of forces in all the major and small townships of the district, people in large numbers since early morning rushed towards the native village of the slain. His body, eyewitnesses said, was carried to the local graveyard in the form of a huge procession amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
Meanwhile, clashes between the forces and youth are going on in Kakpora town where the encounter had broken out yesterday. Witnesses said that scores of youth defying restrictions assembled on the streets and started attacking the forces deployed in strength in the area with stones and bricks. The forces, they said , are responding with tearsmoke shells.
A complete shutdown is being observed against the killing of two students including a girl in Pulwama. Amid curfew in Srinagar’s old city and Maisuma, shops and business establishments remained shut while the traffic is off the roads. All the Pro-freedom groups had called for a state-wide shutdown against the killings. The two youths, including a girl, were killed and several others injured as protesters clashed with police in Pulwama on Sunday. They were protesting against an encounter in Kakapora area of the district in which a militant was killed.
Authorities have deployed police and paramilitary personnel in strength in the south Kashmir town to maintain law and order, a police official said on Monday. The government has also imposed restrictions in six police station areas of the Srinagar after Sunday’s protests, the official said. He said the police station areas where restrictions have been imposed are Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari, Maharajgunj, Safakadal and Maisuma.
With inputs from PTI