Militant attack aftermath: 15 shopkeepers rounded up for questioning in Pulwama

KL Report

SRINAGAR

A day after killing of the two policemen outside District Court Complex in South Kashmir’s Pulwama town, police picked up at least 15 shopkeepers on Tuesday for questioning. Resenting the move of the police, traders observed a complete shutdown.

Meanwhile, a high level security meeting was held at SP office Pulwama that was presided by Deputy Inspector General South Kashmir Range, Vijay Kumar.

Sources told CNS that at least 15 shopkeepers were called to police station for questioning related to the killing of two policemen outside Court Complex Pulwama. A police official said that it is a routine matter to question eyewitnesses. “We did not arrest any shopkeeper but simply called them to police station for questioning. After recording their statements, they would be released,” he said.

As a mark of protest, shopkeepers whose shops are situated outside Court complex observed a complete shutdown. Traders federation president, Bashir Ahmed Wani said that Superintendent of Police Pulwama assured him that all the shopkeepers would be released soon after questioning.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in the town while sources said that police is apprehensive of more attacks from the militant groups. Barricades have been erected at different places of the town while suspected persons are being frisked and their identity cards are thoroughly checked.

Police sources said that a high level security meeting was held at SP office Pulwama that was headed by DIG South Kashmir Vijay Kumar. The meeting was attended by official from different security agencies while SSP and SP Pulwama were also present during the meeting.

Police sources said that during the meeting the situation in town after the killing of two policemen was discussed while it was regretted that some ‘miscreants’ pelted stones on the vehicle in which two injured policemen were taken to hospital soon after the attack. It was decided in the meeting that strict action be taken against the ‘miscreants’ who frequently indulge in stone-pelting in the town. “There is a need to act tough against the stone-pelters who frequently disrupt the peace in the town,” a top police official said.

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