Pulwama: A complete shutdown was observed in Tral township of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday against the alleged ransacking of houses belonging to some active militants during nocturnal raids in Seer Jagir area.
Witnesses said that all the shops and business establishments remained closed throughout the day while the movement of traffic was also affected.
Locals said that the forces damaged windowpanes of house besides other materials worth lakhs of Rupees in a house belonging to an active Hizb Militant Umar Fayaz alias Hammad Khan, resident of Seer Jagir area.
They alleged that the forces smashed windowpanes of the militant’s house and damaged the properties including refrigerator, washing machine, television, utensils and other goods.
Witnesses said that as soon as the news of ransacking spread in the Tral area, the youth assembled in Main town and pelted stones and enforcing a shutdown in the area.
Sources also added that a protest was also carried out by the locals at Seer Jagir village against the alleged ransacking by forces.
Meanwhile, father of Hizb Commander, Haji Fayaz Ahmad Lone expressed resentment against the forces and said the forces won’t get anything by ransacking and harassing them.
“My son had no connection with my house as he had left home few years back and has chosen his own way of living,” he said.
Pertinently, a Special Police Officer (SPO) identified as Haleem Ahmad Kohli was killed by suspected militants in Gutroo area of Tral sub district.
Notably, this is second such kind of incident in two days as during nocturnal raid, forces allegedly ransacked houses of about half dozen active militants in South Kashmir Shopian district on Wednesday.
A top police official told that they don’t have any information about the ransacking incident.
He added that forces might have retaliated to yesterday’s incident of SPO’s killing in Tral.