Bijbehara shuts on maiden death anniversary of three Hizb militants

The militants, Aadil Ahmad Reshi of Bijbehara town, Abid Ahmad Sheikh of Satkipora village and Masood Ahmad Shah of Bewoora village, were killed in a gunfight in Awoora village of Pahalgam in Anantnag district on Jan 16 last year.

Irfan Amin Malik
Anantnag, Publish Date: Jan 16 2018 5:44PM | Updated Date: Jan 16 2018 5:44PM
Bijbehara shuts on maiden death anniversary of three Hizb militantsRepresentational Image

A complete shutdown is being observed in Bijbehara township of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday to commemorate the first death anniversary of three Hizb ul Mujahideen militants.

The militants, Aadil Ahmad Reshi of Bijbehara town, Abid Ahmad Sheikh of Satkipora village and Masood Ahmad Shah of Bewoora village, were killed in a gunfight in Awoora village of Pahalgam in Anantnag district on Jan 16 last year.

25-year old Aadil Reshi, a graduate, belonged to well-off business family of Bijbehara town had joined militant ranks in 2014 while Abid Sheikh, aged 21 and a 10+2 pass out and Masood, aged 29, remained active for more than two years.

All shops and other business establishments remained closed in Bijbehara town while public transport was off the roads. 

Many villages - Srigufwara, Wubzan, Mahand and Dachnipora villages also observed shutdown. The busy Bijbehara-Pahalagam route wore deserted look due to spontaneous shutdown.

Hundreds of people visited graveyards of the slain militants and offered Fateha (prayers) for them. Later, many people were seen visiting the residences of the slain militants to pay tributes.

An official said that forces were deployed in Bijbehara and its adjoining areas to thwart any “element of violence”.

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