Ladoora protests against damage to houses during gunfight

Baramulla: A day after a local militant Riyaz Ashraf Mir of Brath-Kalan Sopore and an army trooper of 32 RR were killed in a day-long gunfight in Ladoora area of Rafiabad, a large number of people demonstrated in Ladoora against the damage caused to many houses during the encounter. The army had reportedly used heavy weapons during the encounter.
The protesters, including women and children, took to the streets and blocked the Baramulla-Kupwara road for some time. They strongly denied media reports which had said that only one house was damaged during the encounter. They alleged this was biased news and even warned media persons against visiting the area in any such future situation. The protestors said that four houses were completely damaged while dozens of others were damaged partially as the government forces used gun powder and other heavy explosives. Later, the protestors dispersed peacefully.
Meanwhile, sources said a complete shutdown was observed in Brath-Kalan, the native village of the militant, Riyaz Ashraf Mir, killed in an encounter on Wednesday. Thousands of people, including relatives, visited Riyaz’s home on Thursday and paid rich tributes to him.
The Ladoora encounter, where Riyaz and a trooper of 32 RR were killed, followed another one a few days ago in the upper belt of Rafiabad forests, where four foreign militants were reportedly killed and another captured alive after a three day-long gunfight.