Woman injured in clashes onWani’s death anniversary

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jul 2017 09:03:00



Normal life hit in the valley due to a strike called by separatists and curfew-like restrictions imposed by authorities Amarnath pilgrimage suspended from Jammu




A WOMAN was injured in clashes between protesters and security forces in Kashmir on Saturday as authorities imposed curfewlike restrictions in the valley to foil separatists’ plan for a rally in Tral town to commemorate the first death anniversary of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani. Clashes broke out in at least a dozen places in south Kashmir as small groups of people defied restrictions and tried to go to Tral, the native town of Wani in Pulwama district, a police official said. A woman sustained multiple pellet injuries in one such clash in Shopian town.

Police and paramilitary personnel were deployed instrengthacrossKashmirand Internet services snapped to maintain law and order, officials said. Curfewwasimposedinthree towns, includingTral, as a precautionary measure, a senior police official said. These paratist camp,including Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar FarooqandtheYasinMalik-led JKLF, has asked people to march to Tral, about 36 km from here, to pay tribute to Wani, who was killed in an encounterwithsecurityforces on this day last year. The official said curfew had alsobeenimposedinShopian town of south Kashmir and Trehgam in north Kashmir’s Kupwaradistrict.

“Elsewherein the valley, restrictions on the movement of peopleare being strictly enforced,” he added. In view of the prevailing situation in the valley, Amarnath pilgrimage has been suspended from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu till further orders.

The yatra, however, continued from Pahalgam and Baltal base camps in Kashmir. From Jammu, the pilgrims reach Pahalgam or Baltal base camp,beforeproceedingtothe cave shrine. All university examinations scheduled for Saturday have beenpostponed.Schoolswere closed earlier in the week.