SUHAIL A SHAH
ANANTNAG: A complete shutdown was observed on Friday in Tral town and its peripheral areas in Pulwama district against the detention by police of more than a dozen relatives of local Hizb militants.
Stone-pelting incidents were reported from the main town, but there were no reports of any injuries to anyone.
Local sources told Kashmir Reader that all commercial establishments, including shops and offices, remained closed throughout the day. Colleges and schools also remained shut, while traffic remained off the roads.
The protesting locals were demanding immediate release of the detained people.
In raids conducted Tuesday night, police detaimed a dozen persons from families of three local Hizbul Mujahideen militants — Adil Ahmad Mir of Monghama village, Adfar Fayaz Parray of Ameerabad, and Hammad Khan of Seer village.
The raids were carried out hours after a Special Police Officer (SPO) was shot at and injured by suspected militants in Pastuna village of Tral.
Among the detained was a 17-year-old Class 11 student, Talib Fayaz, the brother of Adfar Fayaz from Ameerabad.
“Talib was scheduled to appear in his exams. He was arrested regardless,” a source in Ameerabad told Kashmir Reader.