Security beefed up in Valley

Jul 09, 2017, 00:41
Security beefed up in Valley

Disputed Kashmir has seen an explosion of protests against Indian rule since government forces shot and killed Burhan Wani a year ago. Police patrolling was stepped up in various parts of summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar, to maintain law and order and thwart any untoward incidents.

Strict restrictions have been especially imposed in Pulwama, Islamabad, Kulgam, Shopian and Nowhatta, Maharaj Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safakadal areas of Srinagar district.

Separatist leaders, who challenge India's sovereignty over Kashmir, called for a strike and protests to honor Wani.

Jammu and Kashmir government imposed curfew like restrictions across the Valley on Saturday to prevent protests and rallies on the first death anniversary of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

In parts of south Kashmir - the epicentre of the renewed rebellion - villagers began intervening in anti-rebel raids, throwing stones at government forces to create a distraction and give the rebels a chance to flee. The forces, they said, fired pellets at the protesters, resulting in injuries to ten people. Wani, who was the poster boy of terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, was popular for effectively using social media for spreading Anti-India propaganda in the Kashmir Valley.

The rest of the valley faces restrictions on movement, J&K police has said, according to PTI. "Police resorted to tear gas shelling", said a local requesting anonymity.

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His death had led to a surge in protests in the Valley.

Pakistan and India have been in a tense standoff with an upsurge in ceasefire violations and cross-border infiltration by Pakistani militants into Kashmir. 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.

File image of Burhan Wani with other Hizbul Mujaheedin militants.

The authorities have also snapped internet services in the Valley as a precautionary measure.

Calling Wani a "trigger" for a situation that had been simmering for a long time, Bukhari said "He became a rallying point, in a way he united Kashmiris in their anger and angst against the Indian state". Its top leader based in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, Syed Salahuddin, was recently designated as a "global terrorist" by the U.S.

Internet services on both mobile phones and fixed landline broadband connection also remain suspended for the second day on Saturday.