Burhan anniv: Security forces ready to deal with challenges

Posted July 09, 2017

Despite strict restrictions in Tral, hundreds of people assembled at Wani's home in Shareefabad to pay respect to the slain terrorist.

"The blood rendered by Burhan Muzaffar Wani has infused a new spirit in the freedom movement".

"I have never seen restrictions of this magnitude before", one local resident told AFP. The house is surrounded by thousands of forces personnel deployed in the town.

A senior leader of a national party said that terrorists in Kulgam, Redwani, Khuwani, Quimoh, Hawara and Haji Dumhalpora mobilize young boys from poor families to join Hizbul. Government forces soon swung into action and chased the protesters away. Reports that several protestors were injured were making the rounds, but given the unprecedented arrangements across the Valley these could not be confirmed independently.

Protests and clashes were reported from some other areas of Pulwama and Tral areas.

Army also conducted flag marches at some places in Pulwama.

Almost 100 people died in the months that followed and many more were seriously injured in the eye from the pellet guns used to quell the protests.

Explaining the rationale behind this measure, they also said Amarnath Yatra passes through South Kashmir and the Government has directed the security forces to ensure that the pilgrimage passes off without any incident. Kumar said there is a possibility of militant organisations trying to instigate the youth to follow their directions.

Security forces had laid steel barricades and coiled razor wire on roads and intersections to cut off neighbourhoods as authorities anticipated widespread protests.

They said that two persons were injured by teargas shells and the others by pellets. Clashes in the town continued for hours.

Police fired tear gas canisters when protesters threw rocks at them - an increasingly common tactic in the region.

In Srinagar, minor clashes erupted in Soura and Rawalpora.

Burhan Wani, along with two other associates, was killed by troops during a fake encounter in Kokernag area of Islamabad district on July 8, 2016.

Internet service of all cellular companies, including the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Broadband, remained suspended for the second day today, where separatists have given a strike call on the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani.