Curfew and clashes in Pulwama after killing of Hizb militant

Neyaz Elahi 
Pulwama : Amid curfew and restrictions, South Kashmir’s Pulwama town witnessed clashes and protests on Thursday against the killing of Hizb militant in Dalwan area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
    
Hizb militant, Tawseef Hassan Dar, resident of Prichoo Pulwama a was killed in a gunfight with Indian Army on Wednesday evening.
   
The body of the slain militant was brought to Pulwama during the intervening night while people from adjoining areas including Dalipora, Chatpora, Washbugh, Malikpora, Dursoo, Dangarpora arrived at local grave yard to participate in the last rites of the slain militant.

 Eyewitnesses told CNS that at least twenty thousand people participated in funeral procession. The brother of the slain militant, Molvi Fayaz while castigating Army for disfiguring the face of his slain brother even after his death appealed people to maintain calm. However, during the early hours, men, women and youth staged massive protests near Muran Chowk.
   
Authorities imposed curfew to thwart possible protests. Large contingent of police and Para-military troopers were had been deployed in the town. Barricades and concertina wires were placed on roads to restrict the movement of the people. 

Reports said that repeated announcements were being made through public address system, directing people to stay indoors as curfew was imposed in the main town and adjoining areas.
     
Defying curfew orders, people took to streets and raised pro-freedom slogans. Reports said a large gathering of protestors including women and children hit the streets in Muran chowk and pelted stones at the Government Forces.
    
Government Forces resorted to teargas shelling and when protesters did not budge, they fired some shots in air which created panic in the area. Locals alleged that police used pepper gas to disperse the protesters, an allegation denied by police.
   
Reports said that the adjoining areas of Pulwama observed complete shutdown while some parts of Central Kashmir’s Budgam town including Dalwan, Kamrazpora, Tujan and Kadipora also witnessed shutdown against the killing of Hizb militant.
   
A police official told CNS that some people tried to create law and order problem in the town, however, police managed to disperse them and the situation was brought under control.
    
Pertinently, police yesterday said on specific information Army’s 53 Rashtriya Rifles cordoned off Dalwan Pakerpora in Budgam district Wednesday afternoon. During the search operation, a militant left the bike he was riding and ran away.

The forces fired upon him due to which he was killed on the spot, they said. A police spokesman said the militant has been identified as Tauseef Ahmad Dar son of Ghulam Hassan of Prithu Pulwama in south Kashmir. “He was identified by his brother,” the spokesman said.  

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