Srinagar Gunfight: A Shutdown Marks The Beginning Of 2021

SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown is being observed in parts of Kashmir on Friday against the controversial encounter in Lawaypora area of Srinagar.

A view of Lal Chowk Srinagar on Friday, January 1, 2021. KL Image

On Wednesday the Army and police had claimed to have killed three militants in an encounter at Lawapora area of Srinagar.

The three slain have been identified as Ajaz Ahmed Ganai and Athar Mushtaq Wani of Pulwama and Zubair Ahmed Lone of Shopian.

Army said they had tracked the militants on the basis of intelligence inputs, adding that the latter “fired indiscriminately” and even lobbed grenades at the forces.

“For past many days, intelligence inputs were pouring in continuously about the movement of militants on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway. Yesterday (Tuesday), we developed leads and came to know that militants are hiding in a house right opposite to Noora hospital at Lawaypora in HMT area,” said General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the counter-insurgency Kilo Force, H.S. Sahi.

The families of slain have disputed the account of an army that the three were militants and claimed they had no links with any militant groups.

The majority of the shops are shut in Srinagar and twin south Kashmir districts Pulwama and Shopian while the thin movement of traffic is on the roads.

Meanwhile, mobile Internet services remained snapped on the third consecutive day in Pulwama and Shopian.

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