Joint Hurriyat issues protest programme in view of Burhan's maiden anniversary

Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani's first death anniversary passed off in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday without any major protest, barring a few incidents of stone-pelting and clashes in which five women were reportedly injured. Police, CRPF, Army, BSF and ITBP personnel have been deployed in strength in IHC to maintain law and order and foil anti-India protests.

The official said curfew had also been imposed in Shopian town of South Kashmir and Trehgam in North Kashmir's Kupwara district.

Shops and business establishments downed shutters and public transport went off the roads on Saturday in Kashmir in response to a shutdown call by separatists to mark the death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Sartaj Aziz condemned New Delhi's attempts to alter demography of the Occupied Kashmir by settling Hindus in the valley from other parts of India.

Clashes between government forces and protesters erupted in Arigam area of Tral in south Kashmir's Pulwama district Saturday on former militant commander Burhan Wani's first death anniversary.

If it were up to me, Burhan Wani would have been kept alive and a dialogue would have taken place (Mere bas mein hota toh Burhan Wani ko zinda rakhta aur unse dialogue karta).

An order by the district administration also stated that essential services, government employees and accredited and registered media persons would be exempted from the restrictions imposed across the state.

The security forces and intelligence agencies are apprehending trouble in the Kashmir Valley on Wani's death anniversary. "Police resorted to tear gas shelling", said a local requesting anonymity.

According to NDTV, Inspector General of Police Kashmir Munir Ahmad Khan on Thursday issued an order to various lease line internet service providers in the disputed valley to block all social media websites. Its top leader based in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, Syed Salahuddin, was recently designated as a "global terrorist" by the U.S.

He noted that Burhan Wani had written a new chapter of Kashmir freedom movement, lighting a candle with his blood which made the whole state to glow. In some cases, villagers who previously refrained from openly supporting rebels out of fear of Indian retribution have started to intervene to protect militants from government raids.

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