Three Indian Army jawans injured in militant attack in Kashmir’s Bandipora
Curfew-like restrictions were earlier imposed in parts of Kashmir to ward off protests called by separatists to mark the anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani’s killing in a gunfight with security forces last year.india Updated: Jul 08, 2017 17:41 IST
Three Indian Army jawans were injured in a militant ambush in north Kashmir’s Bandipora early on Saturday, the first death anniversary of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
The police described it as a “sneak attack on the vehicles of a road opening party” after which the area was cordoned off and a search operation was launched.
Curfew-like restrictions were earlier imposed in parts of Kashmir to ward off protests called by separatists to mark the anniversary of Wani’s killing in a gunfight with security forces last year.
On Friday, police halted people’s movements in his hometown of Tral, in a bid to forestall gatherings and demonstrations, witnesses said.
A security alert has been enforced across the Kashmir Valley, with some preventive arrests made ahead of Saturday’s anniversary.
All exams scheduled for Saturday have been cancelled by Kashmir University, which said that new dates would be announced later. Train services between Baramulla town and Bannihal town in the Jammu region will remain suspended Saturday, authorities said.
Similar restrictions were imposed in Baramulla town and will continue tomorrow as well.
All separatist leaders have been either placed under house arrest or taken into preventive custody.
Wani had become the poster boy of militancy in the Valley and no other militant commander’s death evoked such mass violence in Kashmir since 1989 when the ongoing cycle of armed violence started here.
As many 94 civilian protesters lost their lives in clashes with the security forces during the unrest and violence triggered by his killing last July.
The unrest continued for 53 days during which everything from normal life, businesses, tourism, education and even routine governance came to a grinding halt in Kashmir.
With inputs from agencies
First Published: Jul 08, 2017 07:36 IST