Curfew, curbs imposed, internet banned in Kashmir valley

Jul 10, 2017, 00:26
Curfew, curbs imposed, internet banned in Kashmir valley

Wani was killed in an encounter with the security forces in south Kashmir's Anantnag district on July 8 a year ago. Besides state police forces and personnel deployed to fight militancy, almost 21,000 additional central paramilitary troops have been deployed in the Valley, The Indian Express reported on Thursday.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has heightened security across the state ahead of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani's first death anniversary on July 8. I am a realist and this will take a long time."He added, "We have relied on the military situation too much".

There were reports of many motorbikes at police stations after they were confiscated to prevent people from moving around.

At least 94 civilian protesters were killed and over 200 lost vision partially or completely due to pellets fired by the security forces to control unruly mobs during the 2016 unrest.

It was also reported that both mobile and broadband services have been suspended across the valley on police orders.

The four South Kashmir districts saw large-scale violence like stone pelting and bandhs for almost six months last year after Wani's killing and the yatra was also badly affected by the unrest last year. They said the martyrdom of Wani further fuelled the liberation movement in the held valley.

A former Indian interlocutor on Jammu and Kashmir, Radha Kumar, addressing a seminar on "Kashmir Today: Towards an Indian Future" in New Delhi warned that India could lose Kashmir in the next decade if serious efforts were not made to resolve the lingering dispute. They said the troops also abuse family members especially the womenfolk on finding family pictures stored in cellphones.

Today, 8 July 2017, marks the first death anniversary of Burhan Wahi - the poster boy of a Kashmir-based militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.

The streets of the main city of Srinagar were deserted on Saturday, with all shops and businesses closed. "(Mere bas mein hota toh Burhan Wani ko zinda rakhta aur unse dialogue karta)", Soz was quoted as saying by ANI.

In parts of south Kashmir, the epicenter of protests, villagers began intervening in raids on suspects, throwing stones at government forces to create a distraction and give the rebels a chance to flee.