Pulwama shuts over civilian killing

SHABIR AHMAD

ANANTNAG: Amid huge deployment of forces in Tral township, a complete shutdown was observed in southern district Pulwama over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander’s brother in army firing in Kamla forests Monday. The strike was sponsored by both the Hurriyats.
The Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani called for Tral Chalo on Friday while addressing a rally at Hyderpora on his arrival from New Delhi.
The army initially claimed that a militant was gunned down. However, Tuesday a defense spokesman said the slain youth was an over ground worker (OGW).
The killing triggered massive protests in Tral and its peripheries with his family members alleging that he was tortured to death.
At least a dozen people were injured during the clashes with forces in the town Tuesday.
Responding to the strike call, reports said, a complete shutdown was observed in all the major and small townships of the district today. All the shops, business establishments and private offices remained shut in district headquarter Pulwama, Kakpora, Awantipora, Pampore and other townships of the district while as traffic was off the roads. Reports said that groups of youth in Pulwama took to roads and broke the glass panes of several vehicles by hurling stones. However, in Tral township, which which witnessed violent protests since Monday evening, reports said, huge deployment of forces was made to keep the situation under control.
Reports said the forces had blocked all the entry and exit points leading to the town. It was a curfew like situation in Tral Payeen area, said the reports.