PAMPORE: The government forces thrashed a group of youngsters in Pampore who had arrived to take part in the fourth day mourning rituals of slain Lashkar-e- Toiba (LeT) militant Adil Mushtaq Mir alias Abu Turab alias Nana Bhai who was killed in an encounter in Kulgam district on Friday.
A complete shutdown was observed in the town for the fifth consecutive day in solidarity with the slain commander.
Clashes erupted in Pampore town between youth and government forces following which the government forces allegedly thrashed some people who had come to attend the fourth day rituals at the slain militants’ home.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that the CRPF personnel deployed in the area resorted to heavy teargas shelling on mourners near Adil’s home and started beating some youths who had come to pay condolences to the bereaved family.
Meanwhile, police denied thrashing of youngsters and said that some youth resorted to stone pelting on CRPF which was retaliated with teargas shelling.
“Three stone pelters were arrested from the site who were later released when women and men protested against the arrests,” said SHO Pampore Adil Rshid.
Chairperson of Muslim Khawateen Markaz Yasmeen Raja had appealed for Frestabal Pampore Chalo on 20 June to pay tributes to slain militant Adil Mushtaq Mir.
Eyewitness told Kashmir Reader that hundreds of people including some pro-freedom activists arrived at slain Adil’s residence.
Eyewitnesses said that banners and placards were seen all over the road leading to Adil’s home.
Three LeT militants Junaid Matto of Khudwani Kulgam, Adil Ahmad Mir of Pampore and Waseem Ahmad of Heff Shopian were killed in a gun-battle with government forces at Arwani village of Kulgam district on Friday last.
Two civilians were also killed during the clashes between government forces and protesters near the encounter site.
All shops, business establishments and schools were closed in Pampore town since Friday.