Kashmir: Curfew, restrictions imposed on Burhan Wani’s Anniversary Day

SRINAGAR: On the first martyrdom anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, authorities imposes curfew and restrictions in the Kashmir valley to prevent protests and rallies.

In Srinagar, curfew was imposed in Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal  area of old city while restrictions were imposed in rest of the city.   In South Kashmir, curfew was imposed in Tral town of Pulwama district, the native town of Wani, who was killed in a gunfight with security forces in Kokernag area of Anantnag district last year.

Restrictions were also imposed in Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, and Kulgam. In north Kashmir strict restrictions were imposed in Baramulla, Sopore and some other towns to prevent separatist called protests.

Shops, public transport and other businesses remained closed while traffic was also off the road. Joint Resistance Leadership had called for a complete shutdown today to mourn the death of Wani and his two associates.

As a preventive measures the ongoing Amarnath Yatra was also suspended for the day besides train services between Baramulla and Bannihal town were also suspended. The University of Kashmir cancelled all exams scheduled for today.   Internet services were also suspended by the authorities to avoid any disturbance in law and order.

Keeping in view the massive unrest triggered last year due to Wani’s killing, authorities besides taking several preventive beefs up the security to ensure that situation remains under control.   At least 94 protesters were killed, hundreds were injured during the several months’ long unrest in 2016.

Joint Resistance Leadership denounces curfew, restrictions

Joint Resistance Leadership Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said that the paranoia and panic that has gripped the state on the death anniversary of Burhan Wani is an acknowledgment that even his memory that lives in each Kashmiris heart as a symbol of resistance and courage, is a threat to the mighty Indian state despite its huge military control.

Leadership said that Curfews and restrictions across the valley , blanket ban and gags on communication channels and networks suspension of rail links closing of highways deployment of additional forces at every nook and corner of the valley that is already a military garrison, arbitrary arrests and detentions raids on homes and harassment to people  all measures to prevent people from paying homage to the martyr and his associates completely exposes the fear of the oppressor in the face of people’s revolt and resistance to its forcible control.

“It also shows that however mighty and resourceful a state may be, it can only suppress a people struggling for freedom and justice physically, but can never crush their spirit and aspirations, of which it is actually afraid”, they said in a statement.

Joint resistance leadership said that today while we pay homage to Burhan and his associates we also remember the great sacrifices of 125 civilians children and old men and women murdered in cold blood by the Indian forces last year , the thousands blinded and maimed by bullets and pellets rained upon them ,the tens of thousands arrested and jailed  tortured and abused , those hundreds of people whose livelihood and properties were destroyed and damaged .

Resistance leadership said that a people are being collectively punished by a mighty regime that has declared Kashmir a “war zone “where all human rights of its citizens cease to exist ,for daring to demand their fundamental political right .So people are being taught a lesson in subservience through use of brute force.

The leadership said that try as they may this approach of the state is flawed and will never succeed in pushing people away from striving for the fulfillment of their political aspirations. People’s commitment has stood the test of time. If people could not get dissuaded from it in the past seventy years and the fourth generation of Kashmiri has got associated with it more forcefully and emotionally, why will repression work now?

Those in power in New Delhi may in their arrogance consider themselves invincible but they need to remember that every pride hath a fall and truth and justice finally prevail.

The way to peace is not through might but through doing what is right and that is to stop repression and give people the right to decide their destiny through the democratic right to self determination.

The leadership thanked how people of Chinab Valley including Baderwah, Kishtwar and Banihal for observing a strike on Shaheed Burhan’s anniversary and to show solidarity with the people of Kashmir in our Joint struggle against occupation. (PTK)

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