Srinagar: Pulwama and Shopian districts of southern Kashmir are observing a complete shutdown is on Saturday to mourn the deaths of three Hizbul Mujahideen militants killed in a gunfight with government forces on Friday.
All the shops and other business establishments are shut in the two districts while public transport is off the roads.
Reports said that people from the Shopian, Pulwama and its neighboring districts are visiting the houses of the militants to offer condolences to their families.
They said that heavy contingents of government forces are deployed at sensitive locations in the districts to maintain law and order.
Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants Lateef Ahmad Dar alias Tiger of Dogripora Pulwama, Tariq Ahmad Sheikh alias Mufti Waqar of Moolu Chitragam, Shopian, and Shariq Ahmad Nengroo of Chotigam Shopian were killed in an early morning encounter with forces in Imam Sahib village of the district on Friday.