Killing of militants led to restriction in old city


    SRINAGAR : Following the killing of three hizib militants in Budgam gunfight authorities imposes restrictions in old city of Srinagar.

    The killing of militants also triggered spontaneous shutdown in parts of Srinagar city. Some of the markets and business establishments were shut in parts of Srinagar besides a thin movement of traffic was witnessed in uptown areas of the city.

    The slain militants were identified as Aaqib Gul of Goripora, Javaid Ahmad Shiekh of Beerwah and Sajad Ahmad Gilkar of Malaratta in old city. Forces were deployed in strength in the old city areas including uptown areas of Hyderpora, Goripora and Peer Bagh on airport road as the militants killed belongs to these localities.

    The three Hizb militants were killed in a brief overnight gunfight at Redgund area of Magam in Budgam. The dead bodies of militants were handed over to their families for last rites, official said.

    In Goripora, the native place of Aqib, hundreds thronged his house to have last glimpse of the slain. The mourners later carried to body of Aqib to Hyderpora amid massive pro freedom slogans. They were proceeding towards the residence of octogenarian Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani.

    Reports said that the mourners wanted Geelani to offer the funeral prayers of Aqib, however, forces deployed in strength did not let the mourners proceed and the funeral prayers were finally offered in Hyderpora Chowk.