Day 3: Tral remains shut over militant’s killing

SHABIR AHMAD
ANANTNAG: Tral town of south Kashmir remained shut for the third running day on Friday over the killing of a militant.
Reports said all shops, business establishments, private offices and educational institutions remained shut in the entire township and its peripheries. Both public and private traffic remained off the roads. “Though
there was no deployment of police in the township, life remained crippled for the third direct day due to the strike,” a local journalist told Kashmir Reader.
Suspected militants on Tuesday evening had fired upon a joint party of army and Special Operations Group of police in Panzoo village of Tral. During the brief exchange of fire, forces killed a militant and launched searches in the area. The news about the killing of militant triggered a complete shutdown in the township on Wednesday. Amid shutdown and tension in the town, forces launched searches in the area for the body of the militant.
After two days of searches, the body of a suspected Pakistani militant Mohammad Syed was recovered on Thursday.
Soon after the body was recovered, protests and clashes erupted in the town. The slain militant was laid to rest amid pro-freedom and anti-India protests, with hundreds of people participating in the funeral prayers.

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