Slain militants laid to rest

KL Report

SRINAGAR

A day after Ahmed Nagar encounter, local residents observed a complete shutdown against the damaging of two houses by armed forces. Locals also demanded that the bodies of militants be handed over to them for last rites.

According to CNS, scores of residents of Ahmed Nagar Soura in the outskirts of Srinagar city staged a protest on Tuesday alleging that Government Forces damaged private property in the ‘garb of fighting militants’. They said that the militants were present in only one house, while the armed forces damaged two houses and put a house on fire. “We refute police claims that the house caught fire because of bursting of a gas cylinder. The flames appeared from the roof top of the house and how come gas cylinder would have been there on the roof top,” a protestor told said.

The protestors burnt down tyres on the roads and clashed with CRPF and police. Agitated protestors resorted to stone-pelting while armed forces used tear-smoke shells to disperse them. All the shops and business establishments in the area remained closed.

Meanwhile, a top police official said that the bodies of the both slain militants Abu Huzifa and Chota Hafiz were buried near Nowgam Bypass. He refuted the allegations of people that two houses were damaged during the 20 hours long encounter and said that armed forces exercised maximum restraint as both the militants used to change their locations during the gunfight.

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