TRAL: A complete shutdown was observed on Saturday in Tral Pulwama to mark the third death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander, Abid Ahmad Khan alias Hamza of Hundoora Tral and his associate Sheraz Ahmad Dar son of Ghulam Hassan Dar.
The militants were killed in a brief encounter on January 27 in 2015 in Handura after forces tried to cordon the house of Abid Khan where they were informed about his presence.
The Hizb commander had shot to ‘fame’ after killing the commanding officer of Army’s 42 RR, Col Munindra Bath Rai, and HC Sanjeev Singh of SOG.
Mr Rai was awarded gallantry medal in Delhi on Jan 26, 2015, a day before his killing for his exemplary role against militancy in Tral.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that all the shops and business establishments remained closed while traffic was off the roads.
Amidst a complete shutdown people visited the residance of slain militants and offered prayers for the two slain militants, locals said.
Reports also added that youth on Saturday morning pelted stones after shopkeepers tried to open their shops and damaged few private vehicles in Tral town.
Abid Khan, son of a police head constable had joined the HM in September 2012. Sheraz Ahmad Dar Arigund Tral, before joining militant ranks, was a baker by profession and had joined militancy in August 2014 after he took away a rifle of an SOG personal from forces family quarters in Tral in August 2014.