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Rambagh Encounter: Downtown In Srinagar Continues To Remain Close; Mobile Internet Remains Suspended

Following the killings of three militants, the downtown in Srinagar remained closed for the second day in continuity with suspended mobile internet.

Srinagar: Security personnel patrol after an encounter with militants near the Rambagh area of the city in Srinagar. Three unidentified militants were killed in a brief shootout, police said. (PTI Photo/S. Irfan)

Srinagar: Majority of the shops and business establishments in downtown Srinagar were shut on the second consecutive day on Friday while mobile internet remained suspended in many parts of the city following the killing of three militants, officials said.

The shutdown was observed mainly in interior areas such as Nowhatta, Gojwara, Khanyar, Safakadal, Nawakadal, Rajouri Kadal and MR Gunj, officials informed. 

Traffic, however, was plying as usual, they said.

Police on Wednesday gunned down Mehran Shalla, a self-styled commander of The Resistance Front (TRF) and a resident of Jamalata area in Nawakadal, and Manzoor Ahmad Mir and Arafat Sheikh, both from Pulwama, in a brief encounter in Rambagh area of the city.

Police said, “Mir and Sheikh, too, were affiliated with TRF, an offshoot of Lashkar-e-Taiba.”

Shalla was wanted by security forces in connection with several civilian killings, including those of two teachers belonging to minority communities inside a school in Eidgah area of the city last month, the officials added.

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