sopore: A complete shutdown was observed in Sopore and its adjacent areas on Tuesday to mourn the killings of two local militants who were killed in a gunfight with the government forces on Monday in Shangergund area of Sopore.
Shops and business were shut while the public traffic was largely off the roads. Meanwhile, forces were deployed in strength across Sopore to thwart potential protests.
Two militants, one hailing from Sopore town and the other from Handwara, were killed by government troops in a gunfight that started early Monday morning, after a CASO was established during midnight in Check Brath area of Shangergund village on the outskirts of Sopore town. Both militants were associated with the Hizbul Mujahedeen.
They were identified as Parvaiz Ahmad Wani, resident of Galoora Handwara, Divisional Commander of HM and Nayeem Ahmad Najar, 23, son of Ghulam Hassan Najar resident of Shelpora Brath, Sopore.
As soon as the news of the killing of local militants spread, large number of people came out from their homes and started chanting pro-freedom slogans.
Youth pelted stones on forces deployed on entry and exit points of the Brath village and in retaliation forces lobbed teargas shells to disperse the protestors.
The owner of the house in which the two local militants were killed, Bashir Ahmad Shah, 65, a retired handicraft employee, has been arrested by police.
According to local residents, Shah was Imam of the local mosque and was originally a resident of Chutlura village of Rafiabad. He moved to the village some years back.
Mobile communication service was snapped, except BSNL, and the class work of all educational institutions was suspended for two days in north Kashmir.