Militant Killings: Shutdown Call Affects Normal Life in Valley



The shutdown call against the killing of three militants in Siligam village in Islamabad district affected normal life in valley on Tuesday.

The shutdown was called by Hurriyat (g) Conference chairperson Syed Ali Geelani.

Shops, business units, schools were shut, while public transport was off the roads. However, transport plied normally non Srinagar roads.

The attendance of employees in government offices was affected as the employees could not reach to their offices due to absence of public transport.

Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants, all from Bijbehara, were killed in an encounter with army and police in Siligam village in Ashmuqam area of Islamabad district.

Police had identified the slain militants as Sartaj Ahmad Lone son of Ghulam Mohammad Lone of Wopzan, Adil Ahmad Sheikh son of Fayaz Ahmad of Sheikh Mohalla, Bijbehara and Tanveer Ahmad Bhat son of Mubarak Ahmad Bhat of Baba Mohalla, Bijbehara.

Reports from Bijbehara said that the three slain militants were laid to rest in “martyrs’ graveyards” amid slogans of freedom and in support of the militants.

According to KNS, thousands of youth poured towards Bijbehara to offer funeral prayers for the slain militants.

Geelani addressed the mourners in Bijbehara telephonically and slammed India and Unionist politicians.

“Our youth are sacrificing for a great cause so we need to protect their sacrifices. The pro-India politicians are only prolonging our way to freedom. The three martyred youth have sacrificed their lives for Islam and freedom from India. We must honour their sacrifices,” he said in his address.

After the funeral, youth took out processions and shouted slogans against India and for freedom. Minor incidents of clashes were also reported in some areas of Bijbehara.

The protesters also hurled Pakistan flag on the ancestral home of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed at Baba Mohalla in Bijbehara.

SSP Islamabad Abdul Jabbar refused to give details about the situation that prevailed in the district throughout the day.

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