Life returned to normal in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday. The district remained shut for four consecutive days against the killing of two students and a militant on Sunday. Shops, business establishments, government and semi-government offices including coaching institutes reopened and transport plied on the roads. Eye-witnesses told KNS that the day passed peacefully and markets here witnessed huge rush with people thronging to purchase essentials. Two students, Mir Asif Farooq alias Danish Farooq and 22-year-old Shaista Hameed were killed in forces firing at civilians in Lelhar village and Kakapora town after the killing of a LeT militant, Adil Ahmad Wagay of Banderpora village in a brief encounter on Sunday. The civilian killings evoked widespread condemnation and outrage. The government has also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the killings.
2015 Kashmir Despatch