Sopore: Protests continue over killing of 3 militants

Mushtaq Ahmed
Baramulla: Uneasy calm prevailed in Sopore town of this north Kashmir district Wednesday, even as protests and clashes were witnessed in many parts of the town for the second consecutive day over the killing of three Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants.
Dozens of youth appeared at Main Chowk, Super Bazaar and the adjoining areas and tried to enforce a shutdown over the killing of three JeM militants, including the outfit’s divisional commander, in a fierce encounter with Army on Monday, eyewitnesses said.
While the traders, who had reopened their outlets after a day’s break downed their shutters, the CRPF troopers and police deployed in advance, used batons to disperse the youth. The youth retaliated with rocks and stones, triggering clashes which continued for some time. However, no one was reported to be hurt.
Meanwhile, shops, commercial establishments and petrol pumps in other parts of the town resumed their business, while traffic also returned on the roads.
According to police, Abu Hassan, JeM’s commander, and his two associates Muzamil alias Farooq and Rizwan, all Pakistan nationals, were killed in the gunfight that erupted in Muqdam Mohalla in Dooru area of the outskirts of Sopore. Two soldiers had also sustained injuries in the gunfight that lasted for several hours, the police said.