Clashes, stone-pelting in Kashmir mark Burhan Wani’s first death anniversary
Hizbul militant Wani’s death in an encounter last year plunged the Kashmir valley into crisis. At least 90 people were killed and 1,000 wounded during the ensuing unrest.india Updated: Jul 08, 2017 21:03 IST
Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani’s first death anniversary passed off in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday without any major protest, barring a few incidents of stone-pelting and clashes in which five women were reportedly injured.
The government imposed curfew and restrictions across the Valley, and police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in high numbers. Internet services were cut off to maintain law and order, officials said.
Normal life was affected due to a strike called by separatists, while curfew was imposed in three towns, including Tral, as a precautionary measure, police said.
Wani’s death in an encounter last year plunged the Kashmir valley into crisis. At least 90 people were killed and 1,000 wounded during the ensuing unrest.
Residents of Wani’s home village in Tral said clashes erupted between youth and police, while five women were injured when police fired tear gas shells and pellets on protesters in Shopian.
Director general of police SP Vaid told HT that protesters pelted stones at 6-7 places in south Kashmir’s Shopian and Pulwama and at one place in Srinagar. “The situation remained under control and no injuries were reported,” he said.
Authorities were on alert as separatists and militants called for week-long protests from July 7 to 13 with the next shutdown call on July 13 to commemorate what they called ‘State Martyr’s Day’.
Thousands of police personnel and security forces dotted the roads and villages of the valley to prevent people from assembling on Wani’s death anniversary. Security forces also blocked roads and laid concertina wires to prevent movement of traffic and people.
Despite the restrictions, people visited the house of the Hizbul militant at Tral.
“The restrictions were very severe. Police objected to the presence of youths at Wani’s home, who in turn were infuriated leading to stone-pelting. Police resorted to tear gas shelling,” said a local requesting anonymity.