Life crippled due to strike in south Kashmir

Life was crippled due to spontaneous strike in Tral and Awantipora in south Kashmir, where two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants were killed in a fierce encounter yesterday.

Shops and business establishments in Tral and adjoining areas remained closed and traffic was off the roads as a complete shutdown was observed though there was no strike call from any organization. Work in government offices, banks and other public undertakings was also affected. Educational institutions remained closed as students stayed away. Business and other activities also remained shut in Awantipora, a town on Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

However, some passenger vehicles were plying in the town and the highway was also through. Two JeM militants were killed in a fierce encounter at Harriparigam, Tral in an encounter with troops of 42 and 3 Rashitriya Rifles (RR) and Special operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police yesterday.

Two Ak-47 Riffles, 1 Grenade, 4 magazine, 80 rounds were recovered from the encounter site, a police spokesman said. The duo was involved in the kidnapping of two people from Peernard village in 2014. The slain militants were involved in many unlawful activities acted on the direction of Pak based commanders. They were instrumental in recruiting and motivating local youth to join militancy, beside were coordinating between HM and JeM created after the death of one the cadres of Jaish in 2014. The duo had also tried to create impediments in last year elections and were also involved in planning attack on minority pickets. They were instrumental in creating fear among the local Panchs.

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