Burhan Wani death anniversary: Curfew imposed in Pulwama, Tral, Shopian; Internet services blocked

More than 100 locals joined militancy last year and terrorists activities have been on the rise, out of which at least 17 had been initiated by the militants. 49 terrorists have attempted infiltration from across the LoC this year, and 15 have successfully infiltrated so far.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 8, 2017 7:01 pm
jammu and kashmir, burhan wani, burhan wani death, burhan wani death anniversary, social media, internet services, social media websites ban, internet services ban, india news, indian express news After the curfew and restrictions, the Valley has come to a standstill with shutting down of schools, shops and business establishments and vehicles off the road.

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. Curfew was imposed in three towns including Shopian in south Kashmir, Trehgam in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district, and Tral, Wani’s home town, in Pulwama district. The separatists camp including Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik-led JKLF, has urged people in the Valley to march to Tral to pay tributes to Wani, who was killed in an encounter with security forces on this day last year.

Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in strength across Kashmir to handle any security challenges.

22-year-old Burhan Wani was the commander of Kashmir-based militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. His killing triggered months of protests and deadly clashes across the Valley, during which at least 90 people were killed and thousands injured. Wani, who attracted dozens of new recruits using social media platforms such as Facebook and other sites, had sort of rekindled Hizbul Mujahideen. Burhan was among the new wave of tech-savy militants who used to leverage social media to recruit and influence Kashmiri youth. Burhan’s elder brother Khalid was also shot dead by the Army last year.

On June 7, 2016, Wani uploaded a video on YouTube asking people to keep a close watch on the police and the Indian Army and keep him informed about their whereabouts. A bounty of 10 lakh was put on him by the authorities and nearly a month after the video was uploaded, Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with the Indian Security Forces.

More than 100 locals joined militancy last year and terrorists activities have been on the rise, out of which at least 17 had been initiated by the militants. As per the data available with the Multi Agency Centre of the state, 49 terrorists have attempted infiltration from across the LoC this year, and 15 have successfully infiltrated so far.

Zakir Rashid Bhat, nicknamed Zakir Musa, took over the reins of the militant group after Wani’s death and started a recruitment drive in Kashmir, which has an immense following amongst the teenagers. On the death anniversary of Wani, Musa had decided to recruit young people and advertised about it through WhatsApp groups.

Over the last one year, the Jammu & Kashmir government had several times ordered a complete shutdown of the internet and mobile networks due to incessant unrest in the valley.

Meanwhile, on Friday, on the request of the Indian government, the Birmingham City Council recently refused several UK-based Kashmiri groups to organize a rally paying homage to Wani. The day of the rally was marked as “Burhan Wani Day.”

After the curfew and restrictions, the Valley has come to a standstill with shutting down of schools, shops and business establishments and vehicles off the road.

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    Shafted mohammed
    Jul 9, 2017 at 5:33 am
    Mere fauji bhayiyon Burbank ki barsi tum bhai manao panch jihadi Amar ke aur jo bhai pathar fekega uska hath tod do.
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      Antony
      Jul 9, 2017 at 4:48 am
      Sanghi govt has completely destroyed any rapprochement with kashmiris by following their dirty cow politics and muslim lynchings ! it looks like situation is out of hand now ! if we dont want to loose the terroritory to pakistan then only option remaining is to go for presidential rule, kick out the media from valley, cut the internet and handover the valley completely to army ! arrmy should follow how putin finish of the chechen resistance or how china took hard action in xinjiang to completely wipe out the militancy. all the mosques which exhort people to throw stones and make azadi cry must be shut down. separatists must be elimianted, militants must be hunted down mercilessly and never give back their dead bodies back to their families to avoid politics of instigation. abolish article 370 and completely integrate kashmir with rest of india and allow rest of indians to buy land and settle in kashmir. provide free pass to all valley muslims who loves and want to go to porkistan.
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        Sheikh Rouf
        Jul 8, 2017 at 9:41 pm
        Pure hypocrisy! Pure lie in headline, Curfew was in all Kashmir, i reside in srinagar and we were under curfew! why do you people lie to your readers!
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          kempu
          Jul 8, 2017 at 10:36 pm
          I thank the IE for publish-ing your comment, wh-ich gives more info about the situat-ion in the Valley today.This paper doesn't explic-itly say that there was no curfew in Srinagar. It has published many candid and impart-ial reports, articles and interviews about Kashmir. (Pl read PDP Minister Nayeem Akhtar's interview publish-ed in June.) Anyway, i thank you also for fill-ing this news deficit, i wish you will conti-nue your good work as citizen-journa-list !
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          Indian
          Jul 8, 2017 at 9:19 pm
          Who cares about a CURFEW in Kashmir. ......... IE should just shut up as nobody in rest of India have time for JIHADIS of Kashmir.
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            IslamForFoools
            Jul 8, 2017 at 8:04 pm
            Kil those who come out and protest and do violence for him, kil those kashmiris
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              rohit
              Jul 8, 2017 at 8:17 pm
              brahmins have remained 2 percent population by natural reduction dalits are 25 percent and muslims are 20 percent indias population by natural selection - u r race is on verge of extintion
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