Strict curfew imposed in Tral ahead of Burhan Wani’s anniversary

Burhan Wani
Burhan Muzaffar Wani's funeral procession on 9 July 2016 in his native town Tral of South Kashmir. Photograph by Fahad Shah

A day before the second death anniversary of popular Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani is being observed in Kashmir Valley, the government imposed strict curfew in Tral township of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district today.

Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in the town to prevent rallies and other pro-freedom programmes in the area. All the entry points to the area have been blocked by the government forces.

Locals said that the announcement of the curfew was made by the authorities early in the morning when they tried to go out for routine work. “When I stepped out of my house with a jug in my hand to fetch milk for home, I heard a whistle from an army person and directed me to go back,” said Irfan Ahmad, a local resident.

Wani, 22-year-old popular rebel commander, was killed in an encounter on 8 July 2016, along with two of his associates in Bamdooru village of Kokernag in Anantnag district. His death had triggered an uprising in the Valley in which over 120 civilians were killed by government forces.

Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik has called for shutdown across the valley and a public meeting tomorrow in Tral.

Meanwhile, the train services have also been suspended by the government today. Internet services also remain suspended in various districts of South Kashmir.

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