Separatists call for shutdown in Kashmir over Pulwama encounter

The separatists in Kashmir called for ‘bandh’ on Wednesday to protest the killing of two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists and a civilian on Tuesday.

Published: 02nd August 2017 10:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd August 2017 10:48 AM   |  A+A-

Villagers standing on the debris of a house which was destroyed during a gunbattle between security forces and militants in Hakhri Pora in Pulwama District on Tuesday. | PTI

By ANI

SRINAGAR (JAMMU AND KASHMIR): The separatists in Kashmir called for ‘bandh’ on Wednesday to protest the killing of two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists and a civilian on Tuesday.

The civilian was killed in protest that erupted following an encounter in which LeT terrorist Abu Dujana and Arif were gunned down by security forces on Tuesday.

 Separatists Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have jointly called for ‘Bandh’.

They have also appealed people to offer funeral prayers in absentia after Zuhr prayers for slain militants and civilian.

 As a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident, the authorities have imposed restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC under the jurisdiction of five police stations- Nowhatta, MR Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safakadal- of district Srinagar.

In a major breakthrough, LeT chief commander Abu Dujana of Pakistan along with his accomplice Arif were killed in an encounter with security forces at Hakripora village in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Tuesday morning.

 Dujana was one of the most wanted terrorists and carried over Rs. 15 lakh bounty on his head.

 On July 19, Dujana and two of his associates gave the slip to security forces in Pulwama district.

 According to media reports, the trio exchanged fire with the armed forces and managed to flee from the spot.

 The Indian Army in July released a list of 12 most-wanted terrorists operating in the Kashmir Valley and Dujana was among them. 

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