Authorities Friday sealed South Kashmir Township of Tral ahead of the militant commander Burhan Wani’s anniversary. Tral which is is the hometown of the slain commander witnessed an heightened security presence with Army conducting flag march in restive parts of the town, warning people not to venture out from their houses on July 8 (Saturday).
Eyewitnesses and reports said that the town reeled under strict curfew on Friday while hundreds of government forces personnel including army men from Rashtriya Rifles had been deployed on the village roads. Locals alleged that pedestrians at many places were thrashed by government forces personnel for venturing out from their houses.
“One can see only men in uniform on the roads, fields, orchards and streets of Tral town. It looks as civilian population doesn’t exist at all here,” an eyewitnesses said adding that Dadsara, Pinglish, Lurgam, Batagund and Rathsuna villages of the town have been turned into military garrisons.
Reports said that Sharifabad, the native village of Hizbul Mujhadeen commander Burhan Wani has been sealed while the martyrs grave yard and Eidgah where Wani’s funeral prayers had been held, also sealed.
“The government forces have been patrolling in every nook and cranny of the town. The unprecedented security measures taken by the PDP-BJP led government has created a sense of insecurity among people,” said a local.
Pertinently, like in Jamia Masjid Srinagar, no Friday prayers were allowed in Khanqah Faiz Panah in Tral.