SRINAGAR, Mar 13: Security forces this evening cordoned off Wugargund area of Karimabad village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district and conducted searches during which clashes broke out while parts of Valley observed shutdown.
Army’s 55 RR, CRPF’s 182, 183 Battalions and Special Operation Group (SOG) of police cordoned off the Wugargund village. As soon as the cordon was laid, youth took to streets and pelted stones on the security forces. Police and paramilitary CRPF deployed in the area fired tear smoke to disperse them.
More reinforcement has been rushed to the area by the army and the cordon around the village has been tightened as there are reports that some militants are trapped inside.
Shutdown was observed in parts of Srinagar, Ganderbal and Anantnag today during which clashes also erupted in parts of the Valley.
Reports of shutdown were received from Soura and adjoining areas in Ganderbal district and Kokernag, Zangalgam and Vailoo areas of Anantnag district on the second consecutive day, against the killing of the militants.
In Soura and Nowshera areas of Srinagar, protestors clashed with security forces, who fired tear gas to disperse them.
Shops and commercial establishments were closed in Ahmad Nagar, Soura, Buchpora, Umerhear, Pandach, Illahibagh and 90ft road in Srinagar and in villages like Zalangam and Vailoo in Kokernag tehsil of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Public transport remained off the roads in these areas while private vehicles plied normally.
Markets in Ganderbal and Kangan towns also remained closed for the second day. The students of Degree College Ganderbal and Gandhi College Babdemb Srinagar assembled outside the college gate and staged a protest.
At Gool Chakri area of the main town Shopian in South Kashmir, unknown persons hurled a petrol bomb in the busy market which created panic in the area. However, no one was injured in the attack.
Train services resumed after several days while some schools and colleges remained closed in Pulwama and Srinagar. The schools opened today in rest of the Valley after remaining closed in parts of Kashmir yesterday.
And an unidentified militant who was killed along with his two associates yesterday was buried at Boniyar in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district Monday night.
The body of the unknown militant believed to be from Pakistan was buried with the help of local Auqaf on the intervening night of March 12 and 13 at around 1:30 am.
A police officer said after all efforts to identify the militant failed to fructify, he was buried in Boniyar. However, a statement by Ansar Qazwatul Hind identified the militant as Mohammad Taufeeq of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
The militant was killed along with his two associates Owais Shafi of Kokernag and Eesa Fazili of Soura, Srinagar in a gunfight with forces in Hakoora village of the district on late Sunday night.