Youth injured by pellets during clashes in Sopore town
Baramulla/ Sopore: All shops, business establishments, petrol pumps and private offices remained shut on Sunday in Sopore, Baramulla, Pattan, Palhalan, Sangrama, Rafiabad, Narvaw, Hajin, and other areas of districts Baramulla and Bandipora, to mourn the three local militants killed by government forces in Amargrah area of Sopore on Saturday.
Public transport was mostly off the roads while some private vehicles were moving without hindrance.
In Sopore, amid a complete shutdown, clashes were reported from some areas of the main town. One youth was reportedly injured when pellets hit his back during clashes in Batpora area. The injured youth was identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad, 25. He was first taken to Sopore sub-district hospital and then to a Srinagar hospital.
According to the district magistrate Baramulla, classes at Boys Degree college Baramulla,Womens Degree College Baramulla, Boys Degree college Sopore, Girls Higher Secondary School Baramulla, Boys Higher Secondary School Baramulla and Boys Higher Secondary School Sopore shall remain suspended on Monday.
Reports from Khanpora area said that hundreds of troops were deployed for the security of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road and people were not allowed to move in a gathering. However, many people and relatives reached the home of slain militant Javid Ahmad Dar to offer their condolences.
Officials of the district police said that there were no restrictions in any area and the situation remained peaceful throughout the day.
Meanwhile, Anantnag town observed a complete shutdown for the third consecutive day on Sunday to mourn the death of a local militant, Yawar Nisar who was killed in a brief encounter in Kanelwan, Bijbeheara area of the district on Friday. A civilian, Ghulam Mohiuddin, was also killed during the crossfire in the encounter.
All the shops remained shut in the main town, Anantnag while public traffic was off the roads. Heavy deployments of police and paramilitary CRPF were in place all across the town and at key points leading to the main town area.
A banner of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen also surfaced on Sunday morning at the grave of slain militant, Yawar Nisar, whose picture was pasted along with image of United Jihad Council (UJC) chief, Syed Salahuddin and Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani.
Yawar’s mother, Suraya, in an audio message, which is being circulated on social networking site, WhatsApp, has asked people not to observe any shutdown on Monday as “prolonged shutdowns might take a hit on poor people”. She also claimed it was the wish of Yawar that the mourning shouldn’t exceed three days.