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Pulwama returns to normal
Tral shuts for 3rd day over killing of militants, civilian
Intense clashes erupt in Zakir Musa's village during CASO
ESS AHMAD
PULWAMA, Aug 11: Even as rest of the Pulwama district returned to normal on Friday after two days of shutdown, the volatile Tral town continued to remain shut over the killing of militants and a civilian during an encounter on Wednesday.

Three militants Zahid Ahmad Bhat, Ishaq Ahmad Bhat and Muhammad Ashraf Dar were killed in a brief shootout with security forces in Gulab Bagh area. A teenaged boy, Mohammad Yunus Shiekh was also killed after being hit by pellets during post encounter clashes. Reports said that the normal life resumed in Pulwama and other townships of the district on Friday but in Tral Shutdown was observed for the third consecutive day over the killings. All the shops, other business establishments, private offices and educational institutions remained closed in the township and its peripheries while traffic movement on the roads was also off. Meanwhile, large number of people, local sources said, thronged the residences of slain militants and a civilian for the third consecutive day to express solidarity with bereaved families.

Meanwhile, fierce clashes erupted during cordon and search operation launched by the forces in Moorpora village of Tral.

Local sources said that the security forces including army and special operations group (SOG) of police following inputs about the presence of militants laid a siege around Noorpora, the native village of Zakir Musa, who reportedly was made head of Alqaida recently at around 4 pm.

As soon as the siege was laid, they said, huge number of youth from the village streets and clashed with forces by hurling stones at them.

After the clashes broke out and news about the cordon spread, youth from other villages, local sources said, also rushed toward Noorpora and joined the stone throwing protests to disrupt the operation. The security forces, they said, resorted to heavy teargas shelling to contain the protests and stone throwing. Amid stone throwing protests, search operation was going on till this report was being filed.

No top police official responded to repeated calls.

However, a police official posted in the area said that that had information about presence of some militants in the village but 'We have not been able to locate them so far'.


News Updated at : Saturday, August 12, 2017
 
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