Kulgam observes shutdown
Kulgam, Dec 5: Thousands of people participated in the last rites of local slain militant Yawar Bashir at his native village Hiblish in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Reports said that back to back multiple funeral prayers were offered in favour of the slain militants amid pro-Islam and pro freedom slogans.
Yawar Bashir along with his two associates was killed in Bhadragund-Bonigam area on Srinagar-Jammu highway. Yawar according to his family members was a Hafiz-e-Quran.
Reports added that police handed over the body of slain militant to family on Monday night. Thousands of mourners visited his native village.
A police official said that two non-local militants Furqan Ahmed and Abu Maviya who were also killed in the gunfight were laid to rest in the dead of the night at Gantmulla in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
There are couple of grave yards reserved for non-local militants in North Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the killing of these militants sparked spontaneous shutdown in Kulgam and its adjoining areas.
Massive clashes erupted in several areas of Kulgam district after the killing of these pellets.
Eyewitnesses and reports said that clashes erupted near the site of gunfight in Nusu Badragund and Bonigam villages in Qazigund.
They said government forces resorted to tear-gas shelling to disperse the protesters, who in return pelted the forces with stones.
Clashes were also reported from Vesu and Devsar areas besides other adjoining villages.
An eye witness said that the traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway was affected due to the clashes near Qazigund.
Officials said the traffic was diverted to Verinag-Anantnag highway.
The authorities suspended the train and Internet services in twin districts of Anantnag and Kulgam. (CNS