Normal Life Disrupted In The Valley As Bandh Called By Separatists On Death Anniversary Of Wani

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New Delhi:On the occasion of the second death anniversary of HizbulMujahideen commander BurhanWani authorities imposed restrictions in parts of the Valley, normal life was disrupted in response to a strike called by separatists.

Clashes between the security forces and groups of youths trying to defy the official restrictions occurred at some places in Tral area, the ancestral town of Wani, who was killed in an encounter in Kokernag area of Anantnag district on July 8, 2016.

Security forces used tear smoke shells to chase away the protesting youths at some places in south Kashmir areas.The Amarnath pilgrimage was also suspended for a day following the call for a shutdown.

“In view of law and order situation in south Kashmir where three civilians died in clashes with security forces on Saturday and militant BurhanWani’s death anniversary, no fresh batch of pilgrims was allowed from YatriNiwas base camp in Jammu on Sunday,” said an official at the Niwas control room.

Only pilgrims already in Baltal and Pahalgam will be allowed to move towards the cave shrine.Mobile internet services were suspended throughout Kashmir as a precautionary measure, while security forces were deployed in strength at sensitive places across the Valley to avoid any untoward incident.

Restrictions have been imposed in five police station areas of Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal and Maharajgunj of Srinagar’s old city areas. The official said restrictions were imposed in Pulwama and Tral townships of Pulwama district in south Kashmir as well as precautionary measures to maintain law and order.

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