J&K: Curfew brings normal life to standstill in valley

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Social Media Sites Blocked In Kashmir Valley Ahead Of Burhan Wani's Death Anniversary
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10 July, 2017

Authorities imposed curfew and restrictions on the movement of people in several parts of the Valley to thwart any attempt by separatists' to hold rallies to mark slain Hizbul militant commander Burhan Wani's death anniversary on Saturday.

The Hizbul terrorist was killed by security forces on July 8 previous year.

Army also conducted flag marches at some places in Pulwama.

To avoid a repeat of the violence that rocked Kashmir after Wani was killed in a gunfight with security forces on July 8, 2016, security has been stepped across Jammu and Kashmir. Around three security personnel also died during last year's protest in the Valley.

Due to security clampdown, people preferred to stay indoors today.

Moreover, all roads leading to Wani's hometown in Tral area of south Kashmir were blocked ahead of the anniversary.

The joint resistance leadership led by Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik had called for shutdown and protest marches to pay tributes to Burhan, who was killed by government forces in an encounter at Kokernag area of Anantnag on July 8 past year. Most of the top leaders have either been detained or put under house arrest.

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Internet and train services remained suspended across Kashmir for the second consecutive day.

He said no yatra convoys were allowed to move to Valley from Jammu today. The services were snapped yesterday.

The BSNL's broadband service was resumed this morning, said the official, adding that all the social media sites were also working across all the platforms. "However, if the situation aggravates, we may be forces to take harsh measures", a senior police officer said, wishing anonymity.

Considering the mayhem Wani's death caused among the people of Kashmir, authorities are prepared to deal with any possible disturbance. Burhan Wani was a terrorist and he was killed in a shootout with security forces. They were thwarted back by police and paramilitaries by use of tear smoke shells and firing pellets.

Huge crowds of men, women and children are thronging the residence of Burhan Wani in south Kashmir's Tral town to offer condolences with his family amid heightened security presence as the four districts of south Kashmir have been into a garrison to prevent any protests.

Almost 20 persons, including five women, were injured when forces fired pellets at protesters in areas of Shopian.

APHC General Secretary Shabbir Ahmad Shah at a meeting of Democratic Freedom Party at his Sanat Nagar residence in Srinagar, today, announced the posthumous title "Tamgha-e-Jurrat" for martyr Burhan Wani for his courage, steadfastness and enormous contribution to the Kashmir freedom movement.


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