Pulwama: Complete shutdown was observed in Tral town and adjoining villages of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district to mark the fourth death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Abid Ahmad Khan alias Hamza and his associate Sheraz Ahmad Dar who were killed in a gunfight with government forces on January 27, 2015 in Handura village of Tral.
The Hizb commander, from Handura Tral, shot to fame after killing the commanding officer of Army’s 42 RR Col Munindra Bath Rai and HC Sanjeev Singh of SOG and injuring many other security personnel.
Rai was awarded gallantry medal in Delhi on Jan 26, 2015 – a day before his killing – for his exemplary role against militants in Tral.
While Abid Khan, son of a police head constable had joined Hizb in September 2012, Sheraz Ahmad Dar of Arigund Tral before joining militant ranks was a baker by profession and joined militancy in August 2014 after he took away a rifle of SOG personnel from forces’ family quarters in Tral.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that all the shops and business establishments in Tral remained closed while traffic was off the roads.
Amid a complete shutdown, people visited the residence of slain militants and offered prayers for them.
Clashes also erupted in Tral town as government forces used tear gas shells after dozens of boys threw stones at forces’ party at bus stand Tral.
Forces also fired teargas shells after scores of youth hurled stones on them at main chowk, Tral.