BUDGAM: A day after the killing of top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Naveed Jutt and his associate in an encounter with government forces in Budgam, banners depicting pro-freedom slogans and pictures of militants were installed at many places on Thursday. The banners were tied to tree branches, shop fronts, and roof tops to show “solidarity” with militants, witnesses said.
Taranas and pro-freedom songs were played from loudspeakers at many places in Chadoora and Chattergam, locals said.
In Chadoora, youths laid stones, wooden logs and barricades on roads to stop any kind of traffic movement.
A complete shutdown was observed across Budgam district to protest the killing of Jutt and his associate. All markets, business establishments, schools, colleges, and petrol pumps remained shut throughout the day. Traffic was also off the roads in the entire district.
The shutdown was observed in Budgam, Chadoora, Charar-e-Sharief, Beerwah, Khan Sahab, Khag and other parts of the district, reports said.
The Deputy Commissioner Budgam had ordered closure of all educational institutions in Chadoora sub-division as a precautionary measure.
A video had surfaced on Wednesday showing three militants managing to escape from the encounter site in Budgam’s Kuthpora village.
In subsequent clashes between youths and government forces, scores had sustained bullet and pellet injuries. Many of them are still being treated in different hospitals.