Sacrifices rendered by Burhan Wani are testimony of Kashmiris' resolve: COAS

Jul 09, 2017, 00:42
Sacrifices rendered by Burhan Wani are testimony of Kashmiris' resolve: COAS

The security forces and intelligence agencies are apprehending trouble in the Kashmir Valley on Wani's death anniversary.

The state has directed internet service providers to completely stop their services - both mobile and broadband - in Kashmir from 10 pm on Friday till further orders.

Restrictions have also been imposed in Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Baramulla, Sopore and some other towns to prevent separatist called protest.

Separatist leaders - most of whom were either confined to their homes or detained in the run-up to the anniversary - had called for a week of protests from yesterday to mark Wani's death.

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Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and other curfew-like restrictions have also been imposed in Srinagar and several other districts of Jammu and Kashmir ahead of Wani's death anniversary.

Burhan's killing, which sparked violnet unrest across the Valley, spawned a "new-age militancy" with young, educated Kashmiris joining terror outfits. His killing by Indian police forces caused months of unrest in the valley which is at the heart of the territorial dispute between India and Pakistan.

An order by the district administration also stated that essential services, government employees and accredited and registered media persons would be exempted from the restrictions imposed across the state.

In his appeal to the people of J&K, Muzaffar Wani said that violence will not benefit anyone and only harm the interests of the state.

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On first anniversary of his martyrdom, the situation of the restive region is tense as scores of Kashmiris organised rallies to pay homage to their leader who became a symbol of resistance in the face of brutality.

His death led to a wave of protests during which dozens of people were killed.

Reports said that clashes erupted after police and paramilitary troopers raided the home of slain Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani where people had assembled for fateha (prayers). The situation across the Valley remained tensed for nearly six months past year, resulting in the death of around 100 civilians and three security men.

Protest demonstration, walks, seminars, talks shows on TV channels and radio stations would be the main features of the day on which the speakers would highlight the long sacrifices of Kashmiris besides India's atrocities and human rights violations in IHK.

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