A complete shutdown was Tuesday observed for the second consecutive day in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district against the killings of a militant and two students on Sunday. Shops and business establishments were closed in Pulwama town and Kakapora areas while public transport was off the roads. Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) were deployed in Kakapora and main town to thwart any attempt of protests, eye-witnesses said. Though police said the situation “remained peaceful” in the district, witnesses said minor clashes between youth and forces erupted in Kakapora area, adding that police resorted to tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters. However, DIG central Kashmir and In-charge South Kashmir range, Ghulam Hassan Bhat told KNS that the situation in Pulwama district remained peaceful throughout the day. Two students, Danish Farooq and Shaista Hameed were killed after forces fired 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. The civilian killings evoked widespread condemnation and outrage following which a magisterial inquiry was ordered to ascertain the cause of deaths.
2015 Kashmir Despatch