Burhan Anniversary: Restrictions in Kashmir to prevent protests


Authorities have imposed strict curfew in most parts of Kashmir, on the second death anniversary of Hizb commander Burhan Wani to thwart protests called by the Joint Resistance Leadership in his honor.

CRPF during restrictions in Srinagar. KL image by Bilal Bahadur

Thousands of armed police and paramilitaries have been deployed in streets of major towns and villages including Srinagar. They laid coils of barbed wire at entry and exit points in many towns.

In Tral, Burhan’s hometown, unprecedented clampdown arrangements have been set in place as the authorities fear massive assembly of people to pay homage to Burhan Wani. Following the killing of Wani on July 8, Kashmir saw the massive civilian uprising in which more than 100 civilians were shot dead and hundreds blinded by pellets.

“Restrictions will remain in force in areas under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal police stations in old city Srinagar,” official sources said.

“Partial restrictions will remain in areas under the jurisdiction of Kralkhud and Maisuma police stations.”

Senior Hurriyat leaders, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq were placed under house arrest. Muhammad Yasin Malik was taken into preventive custody.

Burhan Wani, commander of the militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed along with two associates Sartaj Ahmad and Pervez Ahmad in a gunfight in Bemdoor a village of Kokernag in Islamabad district in South Kashmir.

Meanwhile, internet services remain suspended in Kashmir and tail services were suspended from last two days.


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