Nobody allowed to meet Wani family in Tral till 2pm
SRINAGAR: All parts of Kashmir Valley and Muslim-majority areas in Jammu observed a shutdown on Sunday to mark the second death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, whose killing two years ago sparked a massive public uprising in Kashmir.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik had called for a shutdown and a public meeting at Tral, the hometown of Burhan, today. The government had detained the trio to prevent them from going to Tral, where a two-day curfew was clamped yesterday.
In Tral, government forces surrounded the house of Burhan Wani and prevented his family from stepping out. Nobody was allowed to go and mourn with the family till 2pm.
“Our home was sealed off since Sunday morning. Nobody was allowed to come until an elder person gathered courage to convince an officer to allow people inside. Then the siege was lifted and people started to come in,” Muzaffar Wani, father of Burhan, told Kashmir Reader on phone.
The authorities had also suspended mobile internet services and slowed down the speed of broadband connections in south Kashmir and Srinagar and Budgam districts. The ongoing Amarnath Yatra was also suspended today, as were train services in the Valley. Huge deployment of government forces was made at many places across Kashmir.
In Shopian district, locals said that the army has been frisking civilians on the streets and noting down their names and phone numbers. Locals said that the army later calls on these numbers to seek information about what was said in Friday addresses at mosques by clerics and Islamic preachers.
At Havoora village in Qaimoh area of Kulgam district, where three civilians were killed in army firing yesterday, the authorities imposed restrictions to prevent people from reaching the houses of the three slain civilians.
In Srinagar, a shutdown was observed across the city including in uptown areas of Sanat Nagar, Barzulla, Hyderpora, which generally remain open despite calls for a shutdown. Downtown areas of Rainawari, Safa Kadal, Zaina Kadal, Nowhatta, Mahrajgung, etc, were shut as usual. Government forces had been deployed in large numbers in these areas. At many places, public movement was restricted.
In the north Kashmir districts of Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora, the situation was the same.
Reports of some clashes came from Tral and from Meminder and Gagren areas of Shopian district. Locals said that several people were injured in the clashes with government forces and they were treated locally.