ANANTNAG: Shutdown continued in Pulwama district for the third consecutive day on Thursday against the killing of two militants and a civilian by the government forces on Tuesday.
A 26-year-old man, Bilal Ahmad Bhat, was killed when Border Security Force soldiers fired at a procession protesting against the killing of two local militants, Showkat Ahmad Lone and Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, in Ratnipora area of the district.
All the shops, business establishments, other private offices, educational institutions and other private officer remained shut in Pulwama and other major and small townships of the district for the third consecutive day.
Traffic also remained off all main and link roads across the district. In Pulwama township, locals said the government forces including police and CRPF were deployed in strength to thwart protests by the youth.
Amid shutdown, people continued to throng the residences of the slain militants to express solidarity with their families.
Pulwama district has been on boil for the past more than a week and has witnessed only a single day of normal life during this period.
On last Thursday, militant commander Talib Ahmad Shah was killed in Kakpora township of the district. His killing had triggered massive protests and clashes between forces and youth in the area for three consecutive days.