Srinagar: Twin districts of Kulgam and Anantnag are observing a complete shutdown on Monday against the killing of three Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants while as Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, visited family of a slain J&K police cop in Pulwama.
Three LeT militants died fighting Indian armed forces in Arwani area of Kulgam district on Friday. Two civilians were killed when hundreds of people tried to disrupt the military operation in the area and help militants, however, armed forces opened fire and killed two including a 14-year-old student Ehsan Mushtaq.
Later that day in the evening, LeT militants ambushed a van of police killing six cops including an SI rank officer, Feroz Ahmad Dar, in Achbal area of Anantnag district.
Mufti today visited the residence of Dar which is situated in Sangam area of Anantnag where she expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
Mehbooba was accompanied by Sartaj Madni, her maternal uncle.
On Sunday, deputy chief minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, also visited Dar’s family. He was accompanied by DG and IG police.
Pampore town in Pulwama is observing shutdown for fourth consecutive day today to mourn the death of local LeT militant.
Three LeT militants Junaid Mattoo of Khudwani Kulgam, Adil Ahmad Mir of Pampore and Waseem Ahmad of Heff Shopian were killed in the gun battle with Indian armed forces at Arwani.
All shops, business establishments and schools remained closed in Pampore area and its adjoining villages.
Kulgam – the home district of Mattoo – is also witnessing complete shutdown today.
In Seer Hamdan area of Anantnag district, intense clashes erupted between the armed forces which resulted in injuries to many youth.
A forces party passing from the area was stoned by youth and personnel retaliated with tear gas shelling and pellet firing triggering clashes, witnesses said.
The main town Anantnag is observing shutdown today to remember late Qazi Nisar on his death anniversary.
Qazi was killed by unknown gunmen in 1994.