PAMPORE: People in Khanmoh and other areas of Pulwama on Sunday observed a complete shutdown to mourn the killing of two Jaish-e-Mohammad militants. Clashes also erupted in Rajpora area of Pulwama district where youths assembled at Rajpora Chowk and blocked the road for some time before pelting government forces with stones. The forces retaliated by firing teargas shells to disperse the mob, locals said.
One of the Jaish militants killed was a local, Saqib Shafi Dar, resident of Arihal Pulwama. He and a fellow militant, not yet identified but probably a Pakistani national, were killed in a gunfight with government forces at Khanmoh near Pantha Chowk on Srinagar outskirts on Saturday morning.
Six government forces’ personnel including a police officer were also injured after the two militants hurled a grenade at them from the house they were holed up in.
Many protestors sustained injuries in forces’ action near the encounter site in Khanmoh on Saturday. One of the youths hit by pellet, Faizan Ahmad, was referred to SMHS Hospital in Srinagar from Sub-District Hospital Pampore.
The slain militant Saqib was buried late Saturday evening amid pro-freedom slogans in his native village.
Reports said that people from different areas visited the residence of the slain militant to offer condolences to his family.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that all shops and business establishments were closed on Sunday in Khanmoh and nearby areas while public transport was off the roads.
They said that government forces were deployed at various places in Pulwama to prevent any protests.