Pampore: Amid a complete shutdown, protests and clashes erupted Monday in Pampore and Khrew townships of southern Pulwama district over the killing of two Pakistani militants in the area on Sunday.
People from Khrew and its adjoining villages took to streets on Monday morning and staged protests. Raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the protesters were demanding bodies of the slain militants, eyewitnesses said.
Police was in a fix after people of two villages—Khrew and Androosa—demanded bodies of the slain militants be handed over to them for burial. Sensing trouble, the police kept the bodies in its custody till late evening. It was finally around 7 pm the bodies were handed over to the Auqaf Committee Androosa for burial,” Mushtaq Ahmad, a local resident, told Kashmir Reader.
The bodies of the slain militants were later buried at Mazar-e-Shuhada Androosa amid pro-freedom slogans. Thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of the slain militants.
The two militants before being killed in a brief encounter in a mustard field had gunned down two policemen guarding the house of Yawar Massodi, a National Conference youth leader and son of the High Court Judge Hasnain Massodi. The duo had also decamped with the rifle of one of the deceased cops after carrying out the attack. Police later identified the slain militants as Abu Zarr and Usman Bhai, both residents of Pakistan.
On Monday, clashes also erupted in Pampore township where a complete shutdown was observed. Groups of youth took to streets at Drangbal several times during the day and resorted to heavy stone throwing at police and CRPF men who were deployed in strength in the saffron town since early morning. The forces resorted to baton charge and lobbed tear smoke shells to disperse the stone pelting youth.
Additional reinforcements were moved to the town to keep the situation under control.