Anantnag: A complete shutdown was today observed in Bijbehara town of Anantnag and its peripheries, including the Arwini area, a day after a 60-year-old man who was injured in army firing on Monday succumbed to his injuries.
All shops, schools and offices remained closed in Bijbehara town and its peripheries. Traffic however plied normally on the national highway running through the town.
A meat vendor by profession, Mohammad Abdullah Ganai of Hussainpora in Arwini was shot at by army men in main town Bijbehara.
The army men were being confronted by locals over their arbitrary thrashing of a two-wheeler scooter rider.
“The army men opened unprovoked fire, leaving Ganai injured,” eyewitness said.
The army meanwhile maintained that there was firing on an army convoy in Bijhehara.
“Firing by terrorists on army convoy in Bijbehara, no army casualty,” an army spokesperson said.
Ganai was shifted to the SDH Bijbehara and later to the Bone and Joints Hospital in Barzulla, Srinagar, only to be referred again to SKIMS in Soura.
Ganai breathed his last on Tuesday afternoon at SKIMS, due to excessive blood loss.
His body was brought to Hussainpora late last evening.
A funeral attended by hundreds was held today in his native village, and he was later buried amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
Ganai is survived by his wife and five children, including two unmarried daughters.
“He ran a meat shop in Bijbehara to support his family. He was the lone breadwinner,” a relative told Kashmir Reader.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Anantnag Dr Abid, accompanied by SSP Anantnag Altaf Khan, visited Ganai’s family.
The DC assured the family of a time-bound probe into the killing and of financial assistance.
Meanwhile the Arwini area was already observing a shutdown following the killing of a local LeT militant, Showkat Lohar, Monday evening in Anantnag.
Lohar was killed with another militant, Mudassir Hajam, from Daniwath village of Kokernag.
The Kokernag area also observed a shutdown today with reports of clashes from Hillad and some other places.
Nobody was injured during these clashes.