Kashmir shuts to remember Burhan on second anniversary

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Srinagar

A complete shutdown is being observed across Kashmir on the second death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

A deserted view of Lal Chowk as Kashmir observes shutdown. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

All the shops and other business establishments and private offices remained closed all over the valley, while traffic is off the roads.

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.

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.

The shutdown call was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Mohammad Umar Farooq to remember the slain commander.

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