Kashmir: Curfew imposed in Valley as militant Sabzar Ahmad Bhat laid to rest

Authorities had deployed security forces in strength along the Srinagar-Jammu Highway in south Kashmir.

Written by UBEER NAQUSHBANDI | Srinagar | Published:May 29, 2017 4:04 am
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Kashmir remained shuttered on Sunday as the state government imposed curfew in several areas to thwart protests over the killing of Burhan Wani aide Sabzar Ahmad Bhat. A large number of people, however, reached Tral to participate in Bhat’s funeral. People had started pouring into Ratsuna at Tral from Saturday after the news of Bhat’s killing spread. Bhat was killed on Saturday in an encounter with security forces at Saimoh village along with his aide, Faizan Muzaffar. People raised ‘azadi’ slogans during the funeral of Bhat, while residents of Ratsuna said that a militant, who apparently had escaped in the encounter in which Bhat was killed, appeared at the funeral.

Authorities had deployed security forces in strength along the Srinagar-Jammu Highway in south Kashmir. Mobile connection in south Kashmir was shut down till Bhat’s funeral was held. In the entire Valley, strict restrictions were in place. While authorities imposed restrictions in Ganderbal, Bandipora, Budgam and Kupwara districts, within Srinagar, curfew was imposed in Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Kralkhud and Maisuma police station areas.

The scale of protests across the Valley was slightly lower than previous days with many relating it to the first day of Ramzan. In Sopore, north Kashmir, stone- throwing protesters were out. In Bandipora, people took out a peaceful protest and held funeral prayers in absentia for the two slain militants.

Separatist leader Yasin Malik was arrested from his home at Maisuma on Sunday and shifted to central jail. Other Hurriyat leaders too were detained. Security deployment has been made stringent across the Valley in the wake of a two-day shutdown call given by separatists and Tral Chalo on May 30. Kashmir University has postponed its examinations scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

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  1. M
    May 29, 2017 at 11:10 am
    Laid to rest? as if he did a great thing for the country and very respectful person? are you really an Indian News Paper or a stani New Paper? Government should probe your shareholders and their motives and connections seriously.
    1. M
      May 29, 2017 at 1:12 pm
      Have you ever gotten laid? You sound frustrated :D
    2. G
      George Cruz
      May 29, 2017 at 6:47 am
      The Indian armed forces should be commended for terminating another brainwashed Islamic terrorist Sabzar Ahmad Bhat in Kashmir. Bravo to the brave Indian soldiers for defending the J&K from these Sunni Muslim Kashmir terrorist thugs for the last 65 years. Today, India is one of the largest military and economic power in South Asia. These Kashmir separatist traitors have no future in democratic India and sooner or later face the armed forces bullets.
      1. R
        May 29, 2017 at 12:12 pm
        I am shocked at the sympathetic at ude of the so called"news" papers towards ruthless terrorists. Are these people reporting news, or working as mouthpieces sympathetic to terrorists? "Laid to rest" after terrorist activity? I would like IE to respond to this comment and clarify the use of their phrases.