Pakistan Army chief hails Kashmir militant Burhan Wani

Clashes as Indian Kashmir marks key anniversary
Clashes as Indian Kashmir marks key anniversary  08 Jul 2017- 10:38
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09 July, 2017

Clashes erupted at several places across Kashmir valley on the eve of first anniversary of killing of a popular militant leader Burhan Wani.

Police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in strength across Kashmir and Internet services snapped to maintain law and order, officials said.

Four districts of Jammu and Kashmir - Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag - have been on the boil since Wani's death.

The UJC had announced the protest programme on Monday in connection with what it called the first death anniversary of Wani.

Burhan's killing, which sparked violnet unrest across the Valley, spawned a "new-age militancy" with young, educated Kashmiris joining terror outfits.

Separatist leaders- including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik- had asked people to march to Tral to pay tribute to Wani, who was killed in an encounter with security forces on this day previous year.

"India's occupation of Kashmir is not accepted by the people of the valley", said the premier, and added that India should learn from history. India says Wani was a terrorist who had taken up the gun.

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Meanwhile, the security has been beefed up in the Kashmir Valley ahead of Wani's death anniversary. Security forces also blocked roads and laid concertina wires to prevent movement of traffic and people.

Most of the separatist leaders have either been detained or placed under house to prevent them from leading or attending pro-Burhan rallies or protests. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Manish Mehta called it an "unprovoked" violation of the 2003 cease-fire between India and Pakistan.

The police fired tear gas canisters when protesters threw rocks at them - an increasingly common tactic in the region.

Burhan Wani, along with two other associates, was killed by troops during a fake encounter in Kokernag area of Islamabad district on July 8, 2016.

Internet services on both mobile phones and broadband connection also remain suspended for the second day on Saturday.

Witnesses said the banners of Hizb "Central Coordination Committee Srinagar" emblazoned with pictures of Burhan in centre and veteran Hurriyat leader on one side and Hizb chief Syed Salahuddin on the other have come up at the martyrs' graveyards in many areas of the restive south Kashmir.

"Also, why did the PDP-BJP government in the state give compensation to his family?" he asked.


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