Burhan Wani Day: Heightened security arrangements in place; internet to be snapped from tonight

Srinagar:  Inspector General of Police (IGP) Muneer Khan on Thursday said that all arrangements are in place to thwart any outbreak of protests and militant attacks in Kashmir ahead of first martyrdom anniversary of militant commander Burhan Wani.
According to GNS, the IGP said that all the arrangements required for maintaining law and order across Kashmir would be done in view of call for protests by UJC and joint resistance leadership. Sources said that additional contingents of government forces would be deployed across Kashmir from tomorrow, particularly in south Kashmir where Amarnath Yatra is underway.
The sources further said that strict curfew-like curbs would be imposed across Kashmir and thousands of forces men including would be deployed to maintain law and order. Sources said that police would not allow any gathering to mark Burhan’s anniversary and hundreds of youths and pro-freedom activists have already been rounded up.
Sources in telecom companies said that the 2G, 3G and 4G services across Kashmir would be snapped by 10pm today to prevent rumour mongering and flow of audio/visual material with regard to pro-freedom activities. However IGP said that there will not be blanket ban on the internet and decision would be taken after consulting all stakeholders.
In reply to a question, the IGP said that inputs about militant attacks keep coming from different sides of different sorts. He said that police take every input seriously and each input is assessed in terms of its weight. “We don’t ignore any input,” he said, adding that all measures would be taken in this regard.
Reports from Tral said that an uneasy calm was prevailing in the area and checkpoints were established by forces on entry points of the sub-district. The security has also been heightened in Pulwama and Shopian areas. Meanwile, militant commanders Zakir Musa, who succeeded Burhan Wani and Yasin Yatoo paid tributes to Wani in separate audio and video messages released today.(GNS)

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