Budgam shuts as NIA summons Aga Syed Hassan
Pampore, other areas of Budgam district shut to mourn militant killings
Budgam: Following the shutdown call given by Anjuman Sharie Shian, a religio-political organisation of Shia Muslims, a complete shutdown was observed in the Budgam Township here on Friday against National Investigation Agency (NIA) summoning Aga Syed Hassan, President, Anjuman Sharie Shian.
Amid rains large number of protesters came out on roads here and gathered in the Budgam’s main chowk.
All the business establishments remained shut and vehicles remained off the roads to support the call given by Anjuman Sharie Shian.
The assembled protesters said, “This protest will continue till Friday prayers and we are in support of our religious leader Aga Syed Hassan, we will not let NIA to harass our religious leader”.
Hasan later returned after questioning and people in a large number took him to the Imam Bargah were he will delivered the Friday sermon.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in several parts of Budgam district on Friday where two militants were killed in a gunfight.
Witnesses said that all shops and business establishments in major towns of the district are shut. Reports of shutdown were received from Khansahab, Khag, Aripanthan, Beerwah, Poshker and Arizal areas.
Pertinently one of the two slain militants killed in Zagoo area of the district was a resident of Khansahab. He was identified as Mukhtar Ahmad.
Meanwhile, similar reports of complete shutdown were received from Pampore township of southern Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The other militant slain in Zagoo gunfight on Thursday was identified as Mohammad Amin Mir, resident of Drangbal Pampore.
All shops and business establishments and educational institutions remained closed in Pampore town, witness said.