Pulwama shuts to mourn killing of Hizib Militants


     SRINAGAR : A complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama district of south Kashmir to mourn the killing of Hizb militants in an encounter with security forces in Tahab village on Sunday.

    All shops and business establishments remained closed while thin movement of public transport was seen on the roads. Heavy deployment of government forces has been made in Tral, Awantipora and Pulwama areas.

    Shariq Ahmed Sheikh, a resident of Takuna Gulzarpora and Shabir Ahmed (Showkat) of Mehind Bhijbehra was killed in a gun-battle between militants and government forces.

    As per reports, Pulwama, Awantipora, Tahab, Tral and its adjoining areas remained completely shut. Meanwhile, people from various areas thronged the homes of slain militant to express solidarity with their families.