Anantnag: A complete shutdown was observed for the second consecutive day in Kokernag area of Anantnag district on Tuesday against the killing of a local militant, even as the rest of the district limped back to normalcy.
The militant, Syed Owais Shafi, was killed in an encounter with government forces along with two other militants in the wee hours of Monday morning, here in Hakoora area of the district.
Thousands of people had attended his multiple funeral prayers on Monday following which clashes between locals and government forces injured, leaving several people injured.
A shutdown was observed across Anantnag district.
Today, however, the rest of the district eventually resumed normal activity.
Early morning, as per sources, a few stones were pelted in Lal Chowk area of Anantnag town creating some confusion among the business fraternity.
“By late morning, however, shops and other commercial establishments finally resumed business and traffic started to ply normally. The day passed off peacefully,” sources said.
In Kokernag Tehsil however a complete shutdown was observed on the second consecutive day. Shops, commercial establishments, schools, colleges and other places of work remained shut for the day.
People in large numbers kept visiting Owais’s house in Gohnoo village to offer their condolences to the bereaved family.
There were also reports of early morning minor stone pelting in Vailoo area.
Police however refuted the reports.
“No incident of stone pelting took place today in the area. Everything was normal apart from the shutdown which was also a partial one,” a senior police official from the area told Kashmir Reader.
Meanwhile schools in the southern part of Kashmir opened today after the three month long winter break.
Scheduled to open on March 5 the state government ordered closure of schools, following killing of four civilians and two militants in a shootout in Shopian district on March 4.
The educational institutions could not be opened on Monday as well following the killing of militants in Hakoora on Monday morning. Today however the opening of schools was not without widespread confusion created Monday evening by contradictory statements, regarding opening of schools, issued by the state government authorities.
Some school authorities Kashmir Reader talked to lamented that their buses ran late, many of their children could not attend the school and many others had one thing or the other missing from their school essentials.
“Some had left books back home, some their winter assignments and some of them had forgotten lunch. The confusion was created by callousness of the department authorities,” the school administrations told Kashmir Reader.
They, in the same breath, also expressed happiness that the schools were finally open, after much ado, and hoped that things will be streamlined in the coming days now.