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Militants Clear Traffic Jam In Kulgam; By-Standers Raise Pro-Freedom Slogans

SRINAGAR, APRIL 29: Residents of Frisal village of Kulgam were caught by surprise Saturday when militants alighted from their vehicle and started to manage traffic on the street.

“In the afternoon traffic on the Frisal-Yaripora road came to halt due to a jam near Frisal,” a witness told Greater Kashmir.

“As the people were trying to clear it, some three armed militants suddenly came out of a vehicle they were travelling in and started managing the traffic.”

Villagers said the militants took little time to clear the road and people raised pro-freedom and pro-militant slogans as they left the scene.

Kulgam district is considered a hotbed of militancy in southern Kashmir with at least thirty local rebels active in the area.

During the 2016 uprising militants had openly addressed pro-freedom rallies and even celebrated Pakistan’s Independence Day by unfurling its flag in a huge rally in Redwani village of Qaimoh, not far from Saturday’s traffic scene.

When contacted a police official said “no such incident took place.”

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