KL NEWS NETWORK
Parts of Kulgam area observed complete shutdown Friday amid sporadic incidents of clashes in the aftermath of what police calls a “triumphant breakthrough” in which a prized Laskhar commander was shot dead.
On Thursday, forces launched massive operation near Kulgam area where Abu Qasim, the most-wanted Lashkar militant was believed to be hiding, officials said. A fierce encounter ensued before forces shot Qasim dead. As the word about his death spread, thousands of People from Shopian, Pulwama, Islamabad, Tral and Padgampora rushed to Kulgam to participate in the funeral.
Early Friday morning, sources said, parts of Kulgam district woke up to fierce clashes between protesters and forces in villages of Khudwani, Redwani and Arwani. However, sources added that clashes subsided after large contingents of police and paramilitary forces were deployed in the area.
Locals in the Kulgam town alleged that forces went berserk during night and mounted nocturnal raids during which they allegedly damaged as many as 50 vehicles and barged in houses, beating up inmates. Locals condemned the “reign of terror” unleashed by forces. Shutdown was also observed in Kakapora and Pampore area which are near to the encounter site.