Shutdown continues in Kakpora over killing of 2 militants

SHABIR AHMAD
ANANTNAG: Shutdown and clashes continued in parts of the neighboring Pulwama district on Tuesday for the second consecutive day over the killing of two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants on Sunday, even as the authorities lifted restriction from the area.
Mudasir Ahmad Sheikh and Bilal Ahmad Bhat, the Divisional Commander of the LeT, were killed in a brief gun fight with army and police on Sunday evening. Soon after the encounter ended, youths in Kakapora and Samboora townships took to streets and engaged in clashes with forces. Fearing more protests, the authorities on Monday imposed curfew in Kakapora while Samboora and Pampore townships observed complete shutdown.
On Tuesday, even as the authorities lifted the restrictions, shutdown continued in both the townships Kakapora and Samboora. All shops, business establishments and private offices remained shut while passenger traffic remained off the roads.
Reports said clashes erupted in Samboora town after the youth attacked CRPF vehicles with stones. “As the CRPF vehicles passed through the township, dozens of youth cornered them from all sides and attacked them with stones. Glass panes of at least three vehicles were damaged,” eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader. They said that CRPF lobbed tear gas shells and fired warning shots in the air to disperse the stone throwing youth.