Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Restrictions, shutdown in Kashmir Valley on 1st death anniversary of Burhan Wani

Burhan Wani's death anniversary Kashmir remains on edge social media sites blocked 21K additional forces rushed Following India's objection, UK cancels permission for 'Burhan Wani Day' rally
Juana Turner | 09 July, 2017, 00:44

Kashmir, divided between India and Pakistan since 1947, has a long history of conflict and is one of the most heavily militarised places on earth.

The leaders said that the authorities were now extending arm-twisting tactics to traders and civil society members of Kashmir to punish them for their pro- people's stand.

However, despite restrictions, protesters clashed with security forces at several places in which more than a dozen civilians were injured due to pellet gun shots, reports said.

Kashmiri protesters gather in an alley during clashes with Indian government forces in Srinagar on July 8, 2017.

Authorities imposed the restrictions in most parts of south Kashmir, comprising four districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam, summer capital Srinagar and other parts of the Valley, today to maintain law and order and foil protest marches and rallies to mark the anniversary. He reminded the worldwide community about their moral and legal obligations towards the Kashmiri people and to force India to fulfill these resolutions. "Elsewhere in the valley, restrictions on the movement of people are being strictly enforced", he added.

The clashes also erupted in Tral, Burhan's home town, after security personnel allegedly raided his residence. "We should understand the pain of Kashmiris".

In addition to the existing strength of the CRPF in the state, the Centre has provided over 250 companies (around 25,000 personnel) of paramilitary forces to the state government.

These forces are in addition to the State police forces and those deployed for anti-terrorism duties. There will be no blanket ban on Internet. We will review the situation on a daily basis and take stakeholders on board before taking any decision. They have also suspended mobile and Internet services.

Security has especially been beefed up in Tral, Wani's native village, to prevent any gathering of people. Hurriyat leaders and Hizbul supreme commander Syed Salahuddin have called for a complete shutdown tomorrow and chalked out the week's protest calendar. There will be no permission for any unlawful assembly anywhere. Security agencies are concerned that foreign terrorists may try to target the yatra as they do not have any involvement with the sentiments attached to the annual pilgrimage. "There is a chance that militants may attack soft targets", Khan was quoted by Greater Kashmir as saying. The situation across the Valley remained tensed for nearly six months previous year, resulting in the death of around 100 civilians and three security men.

All exams scheduled for Saturday by the University of Kashmir have been cancelled.

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