ANANTNAG: A complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama and its neighbouring areas townships for the second consecutive day on Tuesday against the killing of two students by the government forces on Sunday.
An engineering student, Danish Farooq of Ratnipora and Shaista Hameed, who was pursuing MA in Urdu, were killed and 13 others suffered bullet or pellet injuries after the forces opened fire on hundreds of protesters in Lelhar village.
A militant died during a gunfight before the protests erupted, while two others were helped in their escape by the protesters who threw stones the government forces.
All shops and other business establishments and private offices remained closed in Pulwama, Pampore, Samboora, Kakpora and Ratnipora.
Meanwhile, additional deputy commissioner Pulwama, who has been appointed as an inquiry officer to probe the killings, has issued a public notice asking the witnesses to record their statements regarding the incident.
“General public is informed through the medium of this notice that anyone having any personal knowledge / information about the incident to appear before me at the district administrative complex to record his or her statement on any working day between10 am and 4pm within the six days of the publication of this notice,” reads the notice issued by the inquiry officer, Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza.
Mirza told Kashmir Reader, “I request all those knowing anything about the incident to cooperate and come forward for recording their statements. I will also be personally visiting the spot where the incident took place.”
He said that he is hopeful about the inquiry being finished within the given time frame.