By FIRDOUS UL ISLAM/SHABIR AHMAD
Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed on Friday in Tral and Awantipora areas of Pulwama district over the killing of three Hizbul Mujahideen militants on Wednesday night.
After the Friday prayers, protests and clashes erupted in Tral. While the protesters hurled stones, the government forces responded with teargas canisters and empty rounds in air to prevent protests from spreading to other areas. A CRPF trooper was injured during a clash with protesters.
In Nowhatta area of Srinagar also, protesters clashed with police and paramilitary troopers. They shouted slogans in favour of militants killed in the Tral encounter. Some youths raised Pakistani and ISIS flags and waved banners in favour of JNU students and Afzal Guru.
The protestors also shouted slogans like, “Tum Kitnay Newton Marogey, Yehan Har Jawan Newton Hai (How many Newtons will you kill. Here every youth is a Newton).”
Ishaq Ahmad Parray alias Newton of Larigam, Asif Ahmad Mir alias Chotu of Dadsara and Ashiq Hussain of Charsoo Awantipora were killed after the government forces blew up a house in which the trio was hiding, in Dadsara village of Tral.
Thousands of people had participated in the funeral processions of the militants.
Reports said the police also detained three youth who were released later.
Meanwhile, mourners continued to throng the residences of three slain militants for the second day today to express solidarity with their families.
The three militants had joined militant ranks only during the past two years. Parray, who had earned the nickname of ‘Newton’ for brilliant performances in classes 10 and 12 was the youngest of the three.