Shutdown in Tral against arrest of 7 youths over grenade attack
PULWAMA: Multiple rounds of funeral payers were offered for Majid Ahmad Dar, one of the four militants killed in Srigufwara, at his native Talangam village in Pulwama district. Thousands of mourners participated in the funeral that took place on Saturday, after six rounds of funeral prayers held since Friday evening, locals said.
Majid was killed along with Dawood Ahmad Sofi of HMT Srinagar, Aadil Rehman Bhat of Bijbehara, and Mohammad Ashraf Itoo of Bijbehara at Nowshera area of Srigufwara.
Majid had joined militant ranks after Gulzar Shaheen, a top Lashkar-eToiba militant, was killed in a 36-hour-long encounter near Ratnipora village of Pulwama. Shaheen was the eldest among the militant ranks and belonged to Majid’s village, Talangam.
More than two dozen protesters were injured when government forces fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells on protestors near the encounter site at Nowshera.
Local sources told Kashmir Reader that Majid was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard at Talangam amid pro-freedom slogans. Thousands of mourners. including women, children and elderly, walked with his funeral procession in Talangam village.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was being observed in parts of Pulwama district against the killing of four militants and a civilian at Srigufwara area of Bijbehara.
Clashes erupted near the KCEF college of law and education after government forces cordoned off the college on Saturday. Locals and youth from various villages returned from Talangam and clashed with government forces near the college. Subsequently, the forces lifted the cordon and went away.
No one was reported injured or arrested during these clashes.
A complete shutdown was also observed in Tral town to protest against arrests of youths during nocturnal raids by police in several localities of Tral.
All shops and business establishments were closed and public transport was off the roads in the town, local sources said.
The shutdown was mainly against the arrest of seven youths who were picked up for questioning in connection with Friday’s grenade attack in Tral town, sources told Kashmir Reader.
Source said that the seven youths were arrested during raids Friday night for their alleged involvement in stone-pelting and militancy-related incidents.
Police officials in Pulwama district did not respond to phone calls from this correspondent.
Ten security personnel — five men of the Special Operations Group of police and five CRPF men — sustained injuries after suspected militants lobbed a grenade on a joint forces deployment in Tral town on Friday.