Security stepped up across J&K ahead of Burhan Wani's first death anniversary


Security stepped up across J&K ahead of Burhan Wani's first death anniversary

"The Kashmiri people are steadfast to take their movement to logical conclusion", said Sharif in a message on the first death anniversary of Wani, who was killed in an encounter with Indian security forces previous year.

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.

While the Centre has deployed more than 21,000 additional paramilitary personnel in the State in view of the situation there, the State Government has directed all internet service providers to block the social media sites from 10.00 pm on Thursday till further orders.

The security officials, especially the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), have mobilised the highest level of security measures, including tracking systems through satellites and drones for the safe conclusion of the Yatra.

A day before he was designated as a global terrorist by the US, Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin called for shutdowns in the Valley on July 8 and July 13, besides announcing week-long protests.

If it were up to me, Burhan Wani would have been kept alive and a dialogue would have taken place (Mere bas mein hota toh Burhan Wani ko zinda rakhta aur unse dialogue karta).

Police and other security forces have intensified area domination to prevent assembly of people at Wani's ancestral village in Tral area.

In the capital Srinagar, tensions are palpable with almost all shops, educational institutions and business establishments shut while the movement of vehicular movement is minimal.

One senior police official, who wished to remain anonymous, said that authorities had not ordered an official curfew in the city, but had invoked a colonial-era law that bans assembly of more than four people and is often used to prevent rioting.

No pilgrim was allowed to move towards the valley from Jammu on Saturday as authorities said the ongoing Amarnath Yatra has been suspended for the day.

The anniversary comes at a time of heightened tensions along the Line of Control, the de facto border that divides the disputed Himalayan territory between India and Pakistan. Burhan Wani was a terrorist and he was killed in a shootout with security forces.

Clashes erupted in parts of Srinagar, Tral and Shopian with people throwing stones at the security forces.

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