Amid stone-pelting incidents, Kakapora and Awantipora observe a complete shutdown in memory of the shopkeeper who was killed near Galander Pampore when militants attacked a police party on Wednesday night.
Civilian Manzoor Ahmed Qasab son of Ali Muhammad resident of Ghat Mohalla Awantipora was a mechanic by profession who was running a shop at Kakapora from past four years.
To mourn his death, people observed shutdown at both places in Awantipora and Kakapora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. All the shops and business establishments remained closed while transport was off the road.
Large contingent of police and CRPF personnel were deployed in Kakapora to thwart any kind of protests. Eyewitnesses told CNS that despite tight security, scores of youth indulged in stone-pelting while police exercised maximum restraint and did not retaliate.
Meanwhile a condolence meeting was held this afternoon in PCR, Kashmir for the civilian and the two police personnel who were martyred in a terrorist attack at Galander last evening, a police statement said on Thursday.
A G Mir IGP Kashmir chaired this condolence meeting which was attended by Sunil Kumar IGP Armed/ IRP, S A Mujtaba DIG CKR, Mushtaq Sadiq DIG Armed/IRP, Amit Kumar SSP Srinagar, Imtiyaz Hussain Mir SSP PCR, B A Khan CO AP13 Bn, Imtiyaz Ismail Parray SP South, Manoj Pandita Addl. SP PCR, Qudoos Abid Khan SP APCR and other senior police officers and cops.
On this occasion, IGP Kashmir while expressing his deep condolences for the slain cops said that the sacrifices strengthen their resolve to fight the menace of terrorism with renewed vigour. He said it is the result of these sacrifices that we have been able to create an atmosphere of peace and will continue to do so no matter what it takes for our nation to build peace in the our state, the statement said.
He further added that J&K police as a family will stand with the deceased and their families and they will be taken care of so that the void that has been created by the demise of their loved ones get filled. He said that all of us have suffered the wrath of terrorism in one way or the other and our commitment remains undeterred in fighting terrorism to mitigate the sufferings of the people.
Glowing tributes were paid to the policemen and civilian who died in the militant attack at Galander yesterday.
Later on after Asar Prayers, a special prayer meeting was held in Jamia Masjid, District Police Lines Srinagar which was attended by IGP Kashmir, DIG CKR, DIG Armed/IRP Farooq Ahmad DC Srinagar and other police officers and cops. A congregation of Quran Khawani and Dua-i-Magfirat was held for the three deceased.