Baramulla May 25: Uneasy calm prevailed in Palhalan area of this north Kashmir district, even as a complete shutdown was observed Saturday for the third straight day against the killing of a Lashker-e-Toiba militant Hilal Ahmad Rather alias Molvi in downtown Srinagar on Thursday.
Like Friday, all shops, offices, banks and educational institutions remained closed in Palhalan, Pattan (the native area of Hilal) and other adjoining areas to pay homage to the slain militant who, police said, was killed in an encounter at Narparistan in Fateh Kadal area of Srinagar on early Thursday.
Hundreds of CRPF troopers and cops carrying assault rifles and riot gear were deployed in Palhalan to prevent anti-India demonstrations. The forces had cut off Palhalan from rest of the district by laying spools of barbed wires along the lanes and by lanes that connect the area to the highway.
“The forces had also blocked entry and exit points to the village with GC sheets. We are under siege. We were not even allowed to buy essentials,” Abdur Rashid, a resident of Raipora told Kashmir Reader.
28-year-old Hilal alias Molvi received his initial education in Islamic studies from Darul Uloom, Bandipora. Later, he went to Gujarat, where he received higher education. He completed his course as a ‘Mufti’ in 2009 before returning to his native village Palhalan, where he taught students at a private religious school ‘Noorul-uloom’.
In 2010, Hilal was booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) for participating in stone-throwing protests. After remaining in different jails like Baramulla, Kupwara, and Udhampur for nearly two years, he was released in March last year. On November 7, 2012 he went missing and joined militant ranks.
Courtesy Reader

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