Shutdown continues in Pulwama over Lashkar commander’s killing

Bilal Habib

Pulwama: Shutdown continued for the fourth running day today in parts of this south Kashmir district against the killing of a local militant commander by the government forces last week.

Witnesses told Kashmir Reader today that all shops, private offices, business establishments remained closed in Kakpora, Pampore and other parts of the district against the killing of Talib Ahmad Shah, Lashkar-e-Toiba commander, who, police said was killed in a gunfight in Astan Mohalla locality of Kakpora on Thursday last.

CRPF trooper and police in full riot gear have been deployed to thwart any anti-India protests, they said.

Talib’s killing had 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.

Meanwhile, scores of people are visiting the residence of the slain commander to offer condolence to the family on his Chaharum (Fourth day of his death), witnesses added.