Fresh Protest Erupts In Pulwama Centering Rumour Of Local Militant’s Killing

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Srinagar: Massive protests erupted in south Kashmir’s Pulwama on Monday soon after rumour went around that a local militant is among those killed in Tangdar sector last month by the army.

Two families in south Kashmir have so far claimed as their kin two of the five infiltrating militants killed in Tangdar sector last month by the army.

According to police sources, the said families include that of Sheeraz Ahmad Sheikh of Lajoora Pulwama and Mudasir Ahmad of Parigam, Kulgam.

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Sheeraz was reported missing since September 2017 and Mudasir since July 2016.

On Monday, scores of people in Pulwama hit the streets and claimed that second militant killed was Shiraz Ahmad, a resident of Lajoora, Pulwama.

The protesters pelted stones on forces resulting in chaos in the town where shopkeepers pulled down their shutters. Sheeraz is reported missing since September 2017.

Earlier, on Saturday violence erupted in Srinagar as security forces allegedly fired shotgun pellets and tear gas at hundreds of people who had come to attend the funeral march of a man who was run over by a paramilitary vehicle the previous day.

Meanwhile, police said they have booked the CRPF driver under sections 279 and 337 of the RPC for rash driving. They have also lodged a case against unidentified stone-pelters for rioting and attempted murder in connection with the violence that erupted in the city on Friday.

The authorities have imposed restrictions in the old city and disconnected internet connectivity to prevent the violence from spreading. Separatists, for their part, called for a region-wide strike to protest the frequent killing of civilians in the Valley. Consequently, most shops, business establishments and fuel stations in Srinagar remained closed through the day.

Top separatist leaders Yasin Malik, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Geelani have also been placed under detention.

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