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Sopore shut after killing of 2 militants

chandigarh Updated: Oct 22, 2012 23:34 IST
HT Correspondent

Kashmir's northern town of Sopore observed a spontaneous shutdown on Monday, a day after two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were killed in an encounter with security forces.

All the shops and business establishments remained closed while traffic movement was thin.

Some incidents of stone pelting were reported in the morning following which police resorted to force to disperse the angry youth.

"The town is shut in mourning of the two deceased", said a resident of the town.

Pro-freedom protests had erupted on Sunday after two youth believed to be LeT militants were killed in an encounter with security forces.

On Saturday a search party of police, CRPF and army was fired upon in Shallapora area of Sopore triggering the encounter.

Police said that the slain militants included a Pakistani national Abdullah Shaheen and a divisional commander of LeT, Muzamil Amin Dar also called Urfi, a Sopore resident believed to be involved in a foiled plan to trigger blasts in Delhi.

Two other militants accused in the incident were arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in February this year.

"The bodies of the militants were handed over to locals by police late in the evening after which they were buried amid passionate sloganeering against India," the resident said.

Locals were also collecting funds to help the family whose three storey house was blasted by security forces in which the militants were holed up. The encounter had started on Saturday only to culminate with the destruction of the house on Sunday afternoon.