Shutdown in Pampore, Budgam to mourn militant killings

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Srinagar: A complete shutdown is being observed in parts of Budgam and Pulwama districts of the Valley against the killing of two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants by government forces in a gunfight on Thursday.

Pampore town of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district observed a shutdown for the second day today to mourn the death of a local militant Mohammad Amin Mir in Zagoo gun-battle, eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader. Amin was killed by government forces along with his associate Mukhtar Ahmad Bhat in a pre-dawn gun battle.

All shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed for second day in the town today, eyewitnesses said.

CRPF and police have been deployed in huge numbers in the township to thwart any protests against Amin’s killing. The forces are also keeping a close watch along the Srinagar-Jammu highway to keep protesters at bay.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people from different areas visited the residence of the slain militant at Drangbal to expressed sympathy with the bereaved family.

Reports of shutdown have also been received from parts of central Kashmir’s Budgam district against the killing of local Lashkar militant Mukhtar Ahmad Bhat.

All shops and commercial establishments in Khansahab, Khag, Aripanthan, Beerwah, Poshker and Arizal are closed to mourn Bhat’s killing.