Sopore, Awantipora shut down to mourn slain militants

Sopore, Awantipora shut down to mourn slain militants
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SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown was observed in Sopore and Awantipora districts of north and south Kashmir on Friday to mourn the killing of local militants.
Reports said that all shops business establishments and schools remained closed in the apple town, Sopore, while public transport remained off the roads. However, a thin movement of private transport was visible on the roads.
Similarly, all shops and other business establishments remained closed for the second day in Awantipora area to mourn the killing of two local militants in an encounter on Thursday.
According to eyewitnesses, stone pelting occurred at some places in Awantipora and at Panzgam railway station, following which the authorities suspended train services on the Srinagar-Banihal track.
Mehraj-ud-Din Khan of New Colony was killed on Wednesday in a gunfight with government forces along with top Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Naveed Jatt at Kuthpora village in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
A witness said that people, including men and women, were visiting the house of the slain militant at New Colony, Sopore, to offer condolences to the bereaved family.
Earlier, two Hizb ul Mujahideen militants, Adnan Ahmad Lone alias Uqaab of Braw Bandina in Awantipora, and Adil Bilal Bhat alias Umair Al Hizbi of Malangpora in Pulwama, were killed in a brief gunfight with government forces in Shaar Shali area of Pampore on Thursday.
Class work at the Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora, remained suspended for the second consecutive day on Friday.
However the situation remained peaceful during the day in Srinagar and Friday prayers were allowed in the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar city.