The inaugural match of the championship was held Tuesday at the Sher-e-Kashmir stadium with chief cleric of the town, Khursheed Ahmad, in attendance as the chief guest.
The tournament, one of the organisers said, was held in the memory of Khalid Muzaffar Wani, brother of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani.
The incident once again highlighted the growing support for militants in South Kashmir. People took to the streets in both Shopian and Pulwama.
Pandit last year, after deserting police, joined Hizbul Mujahideen group led by Burhan Wani. He was considered close to Burhan and featured in many videos and pictures along with the Hizbul commander.
Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an overnight encounter in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The killing of the three-year-old boy Burhan Bashir had evoked strong resentment in the Valley, even separatist organizations had condemned the killing.
Falak Noor, an ‘A’ category militant, was arrested from a forest area in Handwara area of Kupwara district on Friday, a police official said.
A senior Army officer said the operation was launched based on specific information about the militants’ presence in the area.
Police said the slain militants, Irshad Ahmad Sheikh and Adil Khanday, were affiliated to the Hizbul Mujahideen and were active in Tral and Shopian areas.
The operation was on till late in the night, as the Army had information of one more militant hiding in the region, sources said.
According to the NIA, the absconding informer Sabir Khan Pathan allegedly planted arms and explosives in a guest house in Delhi in March 2013.
Says they were killed in police custody; clashes in Valley
The posters warned of serious action against those who spread “drugs” among the youth and “immorality” in society.
Protesters also clashed with the police in which one youth was injured. Locals allege that youth received a bullet injury that was fired by the police.
In a departure from the practice of sending statements to the media, this is the first time a militant commander in the Valley has addressed people directly through a video message.