Shopian, Pulwama in south Kashmir shut against militant killing

Life was affected today in Shopian and Pulwama districts in south Kashmir where three local militants of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) were killed in two different encounters with security forces during the past two days.

However, situation in Anantnag and Kulgam in the south Kashmir was normal. Shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off roads in Shopian and Pulwama districts though there was no strike call from any separatist organisations.

However, traffic on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, also passing through parts of Pulwama district, was plying as additional security forces had been deployed alongwith Road Opening Party (ROP) at Pampore, Awantipora and other areas to prevent any stone pelting on vehicles. Work in government offices and banks was affected. The educational institutions wore a deserted look in both the district as students stayed away. Additional security forces and State police personnel have been deployed in sensitive areas in both the district to prevent any demonstration.

A local militant of HM was killed in an encounter at Gadoora in Pulwama on April 5 evening while two militants of the same outfit were killed in Shopian in the wee hours today.

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