“ As a precautionary measure all the colleges and schools of Kashmir valley are hereby closed for today on 01-08-2017,” reads the order issued by Divisional Commissioner.
Dujana had escaped several such operations in the past. During one of these, his close associate Abu Okasha who was allegedly involved in the August 5, 2015, ambush on a BSF convoy near the garrison town of Udhampur was among those killed in Pulwama’s Padgam Pora-Wandakpora village in March this year.
The locals said on Tuesday the militants were trapped in Hakripora after the operation was launched at 4 am. As the security forces zeroed in on the militants’ hideout, the latter opened fire at them triggering the encounter, the police sources added. Later the security forces used explosives, mortars and possibly improvised explosive devices to blow the private house up, a report said.
The internet services in parts of south Kashmir have been snapped in view of rising tensions. Also, the rail services have been suspended “as a precautionary measure”. Following clashes erupted in parts of the Valley, most schools and other educational institutions were closed and the students were hurriedly sent home in Srinagar and south Kashmir areas. The vehicles are being withdrawn from the roads and marketplaces have closed amid chaos.