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Life returns to normal in Anantnag, restrictions lifted from Jamia Masjid
Shutdown in Pulwama, Tral in view of killing of militants
ANANTNAG, July 16: A shutdown was today observed in Tral and Pulwama in view of the killing of three militants in an encounter with security forces in Tral yesterday.

Two militants identified as Parvaiz Ahmad Mir of Naraw Pulwama and Mukhtar Ahmad Lone of Ameerabad Tral were killed along with their Pakistani associate Hassan Bhai after they were trapped in an underground hideout in the interiors of Satoora forests of Tral. Nearly a dozen people had suffered injuries during the clashes near Satoora village, two kms away from the encounter spot.

The bodies of the militants were handed over to their families late evening after the legal and medical formalities. The people of the native places of both the militants later decided to bury the bodies in the morning to allow the people to participate in their last rites.

Reports said that people from different villages since early morning started marching towards Naraw in Pulwama and Ameerabad in Tral to offer funeral prayers and lay the slain militants to rest. After the first round of funeral prayers held at Pahoo for Parvaiz Ahmad, his body was carried to his native village Naraw in the form of a procession amid slogans where second round of funeral was held for him. Locals said that he had joined militant ranks three months ago barely three months after being released from the jail after nearly five years.

Reports reaching from Tral said that large number of people attended the funeral prayers of another slain militant, Mukhtar Ahmad, at his native village Ameerabad Mukhtar, locally known by the nickname, Bita Molvi, who according to locals, had joined Jaish-e-Mohammad on June 18 last month.

Meanwhile, restrictions around the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar have been lifted while life returned to normal in Anantnag in south Kashmir after four days.

All the gates of the Jamia Masjid, stronghold of chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, are open today. For the past five weeks no Friday prayers could be offered in the Masjid due to restrictions.

The gates were closed since July 12, when a local militant of Nowhatta area of the down town was killed in an encounter along with two others in central Kashmir district of Badgam.

Security forces in the Jamia market had also been withdrawn and majority shops and business establishments were open today. However, the number of customers was less as compared to normal days.

Though authorities lifted curfew like restrictions in the down town and Shehar-e-Khas yesterday after three days, but restrictions around the Jamia Masjid and Pandan, Nowhatta, continued also yesterday, on the fourth day fateha of local militant.

Meanwhile, life returned to normal in Anantnag in south Kashmir, where people observed spontaneous strike yesterday, alleging that security forces entered a mosque and also beat up people on July 14. Shops and business establishments re-opened and traffic was plying on all routes normally.

News Updated at : Monday, July 17, 2017
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