Srinagar: Internet services were suspended across Kashmir and curfew-like restrictions imposed on Friday in parts of Srinagar and Pulwama to prevent protests a day before the first death anniversary of Burhan Wani.
Authorities also sealed all the routes leading to the Jamia mosque at Nowhatta and barred people from offering congregational prayers for the third consecutive Friday.
Congregational prayers were also not allowed in several mosques in Tral, the hometown of Burhan.
Clashes between youths and government forces broke out in several areas of Anantnag, Pulwama and Bandipora districts.
In Srinagar, police detained or placed under house arrest several pro-freedom leaders, including Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
In Anantnag, soon after offering Friday prayers youth took to the streets at Mattan Chowk and hurled stones at government troops. Minor clashes after Friday prayers also occurred at Sher Bagh in old town Anantnag.
Police barred people from offering congregational prayers in several mosques in Pulwama, including the Khanqah Masjid in Tral town. Eyewitnesses said that restrictions in Tral were imposed for the entire day. However, soon after the Friday prayers, clashes erupted at Haal, Tawab and the main chowk in Pulwama town. Forces resorted to heavy teargas shelling to disperse stone pelting youth in these areas.
Police were seen stopping vehicles at Awantipora to prevent people from going towards Tral.
Clashes erupted between government forces and youths in Hajin town of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. Witnesses said that hundreds of youth assembled near Jamia Masjid Hajin after offering prayers and shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. The youth took out a protest march from Jamia Masjid and hurled stones at the Army Goodwill School at Hajin. Government forces deployed in strength near the school used tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters. One youth sustained pellet injury during the clashes, locals said.
Meanwhile, authorities suspended train services due to security reasons. An official order said train services would remain suspended also on July 8.
The Kashmir University postponed all examinations scheduled to be held on July 8 (Saturday). A statement issued by the university said, “Fresh dates for the deferred examinations shall be notified separately, later.”
Meanwhile, banners with pictures of Syed Ali Geelani, UJC chairman, Syed Salahudin and Burhan Wani were hoisted in several areas in Anantnag district.
The places where these banners were hoisted include Mattan, Cheeni Chowk , SK Colony and Lazbal.
Police on Friday evening raided the house of slain Burhan to detain scores of youth who had assembled there.
However, locals and youth resisted the police leading minor clashes between youth and forces.
Meanwhile, the elders of the village intervened and asked police to leave the village to avoid eruption of law and order situation in the village.
Eyewitnesses said that soon after the intervention by elders, police left the village without detaining any youth.
To stop the movement of people towards Srinagar and South Kashmir the transporters in Baramulla were ordered not to run their vehicles on Friday.
A transporter said that a team of police reached the bus station and Sumo stand Baramulla Friday morning and ordered all the transporters to stop the vehicular movement on all routes.
Meanwhile, clashes erupted between youths and governmentt forces at Kounjibal area of Tral town.
Local sources told Kashmir Reader that scores of youths took to streets and held protest demonstrations. They hurled stones on the government forces who in turn restored to tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters.
The government forces imposed strict curfew-like restrictions in Tral areas on Friday to thwart protest ahead of first death anniversary of Burhan Wani.