Sopore: A complete shutdown was observed in Sopore town and adjoining areas on Wednesday to mourn the death of Sameer Ahmad Wani, a local militant who was the divisional commander of Hizbul Mujahedeen.
Youth attacked the CRPF camp near the Sopore bus stand and damaged one of the bunkers completely. When the situation went out of control, Sopore police started intense teargas shelling and chased the youth away.
On Sopore-Kupwara highway, youth were seen shouting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. They set aflame rubber tyres on the highway in the morning.
On the second consecutive day after the militant’s killing, local youth clashed with government forces, throwing stones and getting teargas shells in return. Clashes occurred at the bus stand, main chowk, Batpora, Shangargund, Model Town and Shalpora.
All shops and business establishments remained closed and public transport was completely off the roads on Wednesday.
According to reports, no one was injured during the clashes between government forces and local youth.
Sameer Wani, a native of Duroo village which falls on the outskirts of Sopore town, was killed after a brief gun-battle with government forces in Nagri, Drugmulla are of Kupwara district on Tuesday. His killing sparked massive anti-India protests in several villages. A police truck was set ablaze in the native village of the slain militant.
Sameer Wani’s funeral on Tuesday saw one of the largest gatherings in recent times in north Kashmir in which thousands of people turned up from all walks of life to attend the Namaz Janazah.