Pulwama mourns killing of 3 Jaish militants

SHABIR AHMAD

ANANTNAG: A shutdown was observed Wednesday in southern Pulwama town and its peripheries over the killing of three Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants, including a Divisional Commander, in a night long encounter with government forces on Tuesday.

Reports said a complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama, Sangarwani, Rajpora, Rohmoo, Pakharpora and many other adjoining areas. All shops, business establishments, private offices, petrol pumps and educational institutions remained shut in the district while traffic was off the roads. Amid heavy rains, hundreds of people from different areas of the district thronged the residences of the three slain militants throughout the day, reports said.

The trio—Showkat Ahmad Dar, of Aglar, Pulwama; Farooq Ahmad, of Dalwan, Badgam; and Altaf Ahmad Rather, the Divisional Commander of the outfit—was killed in Rajpora area of the district in an 18-hour gun fight with government forces.
The killings had triggered massive protests and clashes between locals and government forces on Tuesday. During the clashes at least nine forces personnel were injured after being hit by the stones. Forces resorted to intense teargas shelling to disperse the stone throwing youth. The slain militants after being handed over to their families were buried in their native villages amid pro-freedom and anti-India protests with huge number of people taking part in their funeral prayers.