KL NEWS NETWORK
In a signatory display of solidarity with militants involved in a gun-battle with forces, the youth in Newa area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama came out on streets and pelted stones on forces carrying out operation. However despite the drumming up support for the militants, the forces shortly claimed their kills in an encounter.
Witnesses told Kashmir Life that youth came out of their houses soon after the gunshots rang up in the area. Amid pro-freedom and pro-militant slogans, the youth started pelting stones at forces near the encounter site in an apparent bid to help the militants to escape.
Notably, the army and other allied forces had warned the locals to stay away from the encounter sites, lest such advances would have fatal consequences. However, defying the warning, the youth came on the road and pelted stones at forces.
But amid clashes, the forces shortly claimed to have shot dead two militants.
No sooner the encounter ended, the area witnessed a spontaneous shutdown with business establishments shut and traffic coming to halt.
Amid the prevailing high tempers in the area, police identified the slain duo as Lashkar militants – Ayoub Lone of Lelhar Kakpora and Manzoor of Gandibagh Kakapora.