- Heavy deployment of government forces on Saturday too
- Five alleged stone-pelters arrested, say police
Anantnag: A shutdown continued in Pulwama district for the second consecutive day on Saturday over the killing of a local militant by government forces on Thursday. A local Lashkar-e-Toiba district commander, Talib Ahmad Shah, was gunned down in a brief gun fight with government forces in Astan Mohalla Kakapora on Thursday afternoon.
The Indian forces, who had claimed that two more militants were holed up in a building, also destroyed two residential houses by blasting them with powerful explosives.
The killing of the militant commander triggered violent protests and clashes in Kakapora and other parts of the district, resulting in pellet injuries to at least ten youths. Two of them were critically injured after being hit by pellets fired by government forces.
Reports said that amid heavy deployment of forces, the shutdown continued in Kakapora, Pulwama, Samboora and other parts of the district for the second day today over the militant’s killing and subsequent use of force by the police on mourners. All shops, business establishments, private offices and educational institutions remained closed in the area while public and private transport remained off the roads.
Government forces, reports said, were deployed in strength in all the ‘volatile localities’ of the district to thwart any protests.
Meanwhile, sources said that the police has arrested at least five youths on charges of stone-pelting. A police official said that all of them were caught throwing stones “red handed” during the clashes that erupted after the funeral prayers of the slain militant on Friday.