Srinagar: Director General of Police (DGP) Shesh Paul Vaid told Kashmir Reader on Thursday that the police were seizing motorcycles and scooters as a precautionary measure to prevent youth from taking to streets or rallies on the first death anniversary of Burhan Wani.
Vaid said that police would take all security measures to maintain peace across the Valley on July 8. “We will try our best for peace and tranquility,” he said.
Fearing bike rallies and massive protests, police have been “seizing” motorbikes and scooters across Kashmir. Those whose vehicles are so confiscated are told to enquire about them after the 13th of July.
Hundreds of bikes and scooters are lying at police stations in various parts of Kashmir, including Tral in Pulwama and in Srinagar. All of them have been confiscated in the past two days.
“Dozens of bikes were seized today. The seizure continued from yesterday,” said locals of Awantipora.
Police has asked the telecom service providers to shut down mobile internet in Kashmir till further orders in view of the Hurriyat programme.
“In view of the apprehensions of misuse of internet services by anti-national elements, which is likely to cause deterioration in law and order situation, you are directed to block all social media sites,” the order reads.
Inspector general of police, Kashmir Muneer Khan said that intenet will remain shut up to July 8. “There will be no blanket ban on internet but we will be reviewing situation every day and accordingly decide about the ban,” Khan said.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has announced a week-long protest programme to observe the maiden death anniversary of slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani. According to the protest programme, a complete strike is to be observed on July 8 and 13, the latter date chosen to pay tributes to the July 13 martyrs who were killed by the Dogra king’s soldiers outside the royal jail in the year 1931.
Burhan Wani, along with two other associates, was killed by government forces during an encounter in Kokernag area of Anantnag district on July 8, 2016. The killing of Burhan triggered a valley-wide uprising.
A CRPF spokesperson told Kashmir Reader that militant threat can’t be ruled out as the Amarnath yatra was clashing with the first death anniversary of Burhan. “Over 20,000 personnel of CRPF as additional forces will remain deployed for the security and safety of pilgrims, and to maintain law and order in the Valley,” he said.
A senior police officer told Kashmir Reader that forces have been asked to remain alert to foil militant attacks.
“All the security forces have been asked to remain vigilant as militant threat cannot be ruled out during this week,” he said.
Locals from various areas in south Kashmir said that forces have started frisking and searching their vehicles.