Kashmir faces curfew, restrictions on death anniversary of Burhan Wani
SRINAGAR: On the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, authorities imposes curfew and restrictions in the Kashmir valley to prevent protests and rallies.
In Srinagar, curfew was imposed in Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal area of old city while restrictions were imposed in rest of the city. In South Kashmir, curfew was imposed in Tral town of Pulwama district, the native town of Wani, who was killed in a gunfight with security forces in Kokernag area of Anantnag district last year.
Restrictions were also imposed in Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, and Kulgam. In north Kashmir strict restrictions were imposed in Baramulla, Sopore and some other towns to prevent separatist called protests.
Shops, public transport and other businesses remained closed while traffic was also off the road. Joint Resistance Leadership had called for a complete shutdown today to mourn the death of Wani and his two associates.
As a preventive measures the ongoing Amarnath Yatra was also suspended for the day besides train services between Baramulla and Bannihal town were also suspended. The University of Kashmir cancelled all exams scheduled for today. Internet services were also suspended by the authorities to avoid any disturbance in law and order.
Keeping in view the massive unrest triggered last year due to Wani’s killing, authorities besides taking several preventive beefs up the security to ensure that situation remains under control. At least 94 protesters were killed, hundreds were injured during the several months’ long unrest in 2016.