ANANTNAG: Authorities on Monday imposed an undeclared curfew in Kakapora township of neighboring Pulwama district to scuttle any protests over the killing of two militants on Sunday even as a complete shutdown was observed in Pampore and Samboora townships of the area.
Two Lashker-e-Toiba militants, including the outfit’s Divisional Commander, were killed in a gunbattle with army and Special Operations Group (SOG) of police in Reshipora village of the district on Sunday evening. The slain militants were identified as Bilal Ahmad Bhat alias Bilal Molvi of Lelhar, Kakapora, and Mudasir Ahmad Sheikh of Kirkipora.
Soon after the encounter ended on Sunday evening, youths in Kakapora town came out on the roads and resorted to stone pelting at government forces, triggering fierce clashes.
Fearing fresh protests and clashes, authorities imposed undeclared curfew in Kakapora. “A contingent of police and CRPF personnel was deployed in the area who enforced strict restrictions on the movement of the people. No one was allowed to venture out,” a local told Kashmir Reader over phone.
Reports said the two neighboring townships, Pampore and Samboora observed a complete shutdown, with shops, other business establishments and private offices remaining closed.
Meanwhile, thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of the slain militants. Mudasir was buried late Sunday evening in his native village while Bilal was laid to rest on Monday morning.
“Despite shutdown and heavy deployment of forces in the area, at least 20 thousand people participated in his Nimaz-e-Jinaza amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans,” reports said.
Addressing the mourners over telephone, Hurriyat Conference(G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani paid tributes to the slain militants .