Kashmir under siege on Wani’s martyrdom anniversary

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Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown, marked by curfew and other restrictions, was observed across the territory to commemorate the second martyrdom anniversary of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, on Sunday.
Call for the strike and a march towards Tral town was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to reaffirm the Kashmiris’ resolve to take the ongoing freedom movement to it its logical conclusion, through thick and thin.
The authorities have deployed thousands of Indian soldiers and police personnel who are patrolling deserted streets across the territory including Srinagar to enforce strict curfew and other restrictions. Special restriction were imposed in the areas falling under the jurisdiction police stations including Maisuma, KralKhud, Khanyar, Nowahatta, SafaKadal, MaharajGunj and Rainawari in the city.
All roads leading to Tral, the hometown of Burhan Wani, were completely sealed with concertina wires to prevent the march.
Reports from local media said that only men in uniform were seen on the roads, fields, orchards and streets and it looks as civilian population exists nowhere because of strict curfew imposed by the authorities. Locals told media that curfew was imposed since yesterday, and it was announced on public address systems.
Train and internet services have been suspended in view of the shutdown. Burhan Wani was killed along with his two associates by the Indian troops in a fake encounter in Kokernag area of Islamabad district on this day in 2016.
The authorities have also put several Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Zafar Akbar Butt, Bilal Siddiqi and Muhammad Yousuf Naqash under house detention or in custody to stop them from leading the march.
Meanwhile, the JRL while slamming the forces for the killing of three civilians including a teenage girl in Redwani Kulgam, yesterday, also announced to observe Black Day, today. Gilani, Mirwaiz and Malik urged people to offer funeral prayers in absentia for those killed in Kulgam, yesterday. The JRL in a statement said, “Firing live bullets on civilians in order to kill them reflects the policy of Indian government to crush all dissent with use of absolute force and might. It becomes clear that a green signal has been given to Indian armed forces to wipe off all Kashmiris without any distinction of being armed or unarmed.”

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