Demos in Pampore, Ahmadnagar

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SRINAGAR: Amid protests and clashes, people of South Kashmir?s Pampore town mourned the death of two Lashkar militants. Youth from Ahmad Nagar also took to streets and protested the killings of two militants in the area Monday afternoon.

Two policemen and two militants were killed in an attack on the house of ruling National Conference youth leader Yawar Masoodi in Bapora area of Khrew of Pulwama district in south Kashmir on Sunday. Slain policemen were identified as Head Constable Abdul Hamid and Constable Vinod Kumar while police identified the slain militants as Abu Jaar and Usman Gauri of Lashkar-e-Toiba from Abotabad, Pakistan.

Complete shutdown was observed by people in Pampore town and adjoining areas including Konabal, Wuyen and Anosa to mourn the death of these two militants. Reports said that shops remained closed and traffic was off the roads.

Amid shutdown and protests, thousands of people were ready to  participate in the funeral procession of slain Lashkar militants. However, police rushed the bodies to Srinagar for DNA profiling. ?People were shouting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans,? eyewitnesses said.

?We shifted the bodies of two militants to Panthachowk civil hospital for DNS test. Once the formality would be completed, bodies would be handed over to people for last rites,? a top police official said.

Police and paramilitary forces were deployed in huge numbers in the area and barricades were erected on Khrew-Pampore to thwart possible protests. Eyewitnesses said that scores of people took to streets at Khrew main chowk and Drangabal Pampore and clashed with the police and CRPF personnel deployed on roads in large numbers.

Eyewitnesses said that at least 4 persons including two CRPF jawans were injured during the clashes while CRPF resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the agitated youth. Reports said that soon after the stone-pelting incidents Government Forces were deployed in strength which restricted the movement of protestors.

A police official said that barring few stray incidents of stone-pelting, situation remained peaceful in the town.  

Meanwhile massive clashes and protests broke out Ahmad Nagar neighborhood of Srinagar city outskirts soon after the encounter ended.

Witnesses said that as the encounter concluded, scores of youth from different lanes and by-lanes came out on roads and started chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

The forces, who were already deployed there responded with baton charge and teargas shelling, witnesses added. They said the police action led to heavy stone-throwing clashes in the area.

The clashes, later in the evening intensified to nearby Illahi-Bagh and Soura localities, witnesses said. 

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