Kashmir/ Shutdown, restrictions mark Burhan Wani’s second death anniversary
Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed on Sunday in Kashmir valley on the second death anniversary of Burhan Muzzafar Wani, a militant leader killed on this day by state forces in brief gunfight in a village in Anantnag District of Kashmir valley.
Authorities imposed a strict curfew in Tral, the hometown of the slain militant leader which is 20 miles south of Srinagar city. Police made announcements on loudspeaker urging people to stay indoors. There was increased armed forces presence in most of the major towns of the valley to keep a check on public movement. There were barricades and concertina wires on roads at different spots in Srinagar city and towns. All business establishments and shops were shut through the entire day. Vehicular presence on roads was sparse. Authorities had also shut down the mobile internet from yesterday evening to “prevent people from networking and organizing for protests”.
The shutdown and ‘march to Tral town’ call was given by Kashmiri resistance leadership headed by octogenarian leader Syed Ali Geelani.
Since Wani’s killing, Kashmir is beset with deadly violence. The people rose up against the state which responded strongly. Only in the year 2016, nearly a hundred civilians were killed and thousands injured and blinded due to the use of pellets fired from pump action guns originally used to catch birds in flight. The state resorted to using of controversial law-the public safety act to jail resistance, political activists. There was a surge in militancy recruitment. Army and police upped the anti-militancy operations and over 350 militants were killed. Besides dozens of youthful civilians have lost their lives as people clash with forces to disrupt these operations.
Despite strict restrictions, scores of students marched in the campus of the University of Kashmir—valley’s premier higher education institute. The students chanted slogans in favour of freedom of Kashmir. They carried photographs of Burhan Wani. Reports said. Clashes were reported from Tral township between protesters and government forces.
University students stage protest on the second death anniversary of rebel commander Burhan Wani in Srinagar,Kashmir on July 08, 2018. Burhan was killed by government forces in Bamdoora Kokernag area of south Kashmir's Anantnag district on July 08 in the year 2016.@lookaround81 pic.twitter.com/A78NrUHVci
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Notably, State armed forces killed three youth including a girl during their raid in a neighborhood to nab youths in view of the anniversary in Redwani village of Kulgam district which is nearly 30 miles south of Srinagar.