Life returns to normal in Pampore; prayers offered for militants again

PAMPORE: Life returned to normal in Pampore town on Friday, while hundreds of people offered funeral prayers in absentia in various mosques for the three militants killed on Monday after a 48-hour-old long gun battle.
Normal life remained paralysed in the town due to shutdown and restrictions imposed by the administration to stop pro-militant protests during the past five days.
Three militants were killed in 48-hour-long gun-battle in Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) on Monday.
Mirwaiz Moulana Riyaz Ahmad Hamdani led the funeral prayers in absentia at Khankah-e-Moalla, Pampore. Eyewitness told Kashmir Reader that amid protests, thousands of people from different mosques including Khankah-e-Moalla and other prominent mosques including Masjid Ahlihadees Drangbal, Masjid Ameer-e-Kabeer and Masjid Gani.
The protesters shouted pro-freedom and anti-India slogans while marching towards Khrew Chowk Drangbal.
However, after police intervention, the protestors dispersed peacefully.
Meanwhile, posters purportedly released by Lashkar-e-Toiba and thanking people for backing up the holed-up militants were seen at several places in the town.