Kashmir Shuts On Burhan Wani Anniversary; Curfew In Tral, Restrictions In Other Parts

SRINAGAR, JULY 08: Authorities imposed curfew in Tral and restrictions in parts of Srinagar city and other parts of south Kashmir on Sunday to prevent a protest called by the separatists to mark the second death anniversary of slain Hizb ul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Security forces killed Wani and two of his associates in Kokernag area of Anantnag district on July 8, 2016. His death triggered a mass uprising in the Valley that lasted six months. Around hundred civilians were killed and over 10000 injured after forces used live ammunition, pellets and teargas to break up protests.

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

“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,” the police said.

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

Curfew continued for the second day today in Tral, Wani’s ancestral home town.

Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces were deployed in sensitive areas in Srinagar and other district headquarters.

Mobile Internet services were suspended throughout the Valley while the speed of fixed line broadband connections were slashed. Rail services were suspended as a precautionary measure.

Amarnath pilgrims were not allowed to move towards the cave shrine from Jammu on Sunday due to a separatist-called protest shutdown in the Kashmir Valley, police said.

“No yatri movement was allowed today from Jammu’s Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas towards the Valley,” the police said.

Officials of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) said 10,107 pilgrims per formed the pilgrimage on Saturday as Yatris were allowed to move towards the shrine from both Baltal and the Pahalgam base camps.

Since it started on June 28, 83,130 pilgrims have performed the Yatra so far this year.

The pilgrimage will end on August 26 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.

Clashes erupted between protesters and the government forces in Nowdal village of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday.

Reports said that youth tried to march towards the native village of Burhan Wani to pay tribute to him on his second death anniversary. However, police and paramilitary personnel deployed in strength in the area prevented their march, triggering clashes.

CRPF troopers fired tear gas to disperse the protesters who pelted them with stones.

The graveyard of Wani and his residence at Shariefabad has been sealed by forces to prevent people from marching there.

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