Burhan Wani encounter: Amarnath Yatra suspended

Authorities on Saturday suspended mobile Internet services in Kashmir Valley.

Updated: Jul 09, 2016, 14:43 PM IST
Burhan Wani encounter: Amarnath Yatra suspended

Srinagar: A day after poster boy of terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter, violence broke out at several places in Kashmir on Saturday as mobs attacked police posts, security personnel and BJP office in Kulgam to protest the death of Wani.

Groups of youths pelted stones at police posts and police stations at Bandipora, Qazigund and Larnoo in Anantnag district. 11 persons including three policemen have been injured during the clashes.

Meanwhile, thousands of people turned up for funeral prayers of Burhan Wani.

Fearing law and order problems in Kashmir the authorities today suspended the Amarnath Yatra.

The government has suspended mobile Internet services in Kashmir Valley and curfew-like restrictions were imposed in parts of the Valley.

Confirming the development, CRPF DG said, "As of now the Amarnath Yatra is suspended, all yatris have been given full protection." 

"The Amarnath Yatra will recommence as soon as the situation improves," Prasad said. 

"No yatri was allowed to move from Bhagawati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu city towards the valley due to prevailing tension following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani," a senior police official told IANS in Jammu.

A police official said the situation was by and large peaceful in most parts of Kashmir so far but Tral -- the hometown of the slain militant commander -- witnessed protests by residents following his killing in the encounter in in Kokernag area yesterday.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani and separatist leader Asiya Andrabi have called for a complete state wide shutdown and appealed to the people to participate in Wani's funeral prayers in large numbers.

Huge number of security personnel have been deployed in areas like Pulwama, Shopian, Ananatnag and Sopore to thwart any protest from the separatists side.

The Rail services from Baramulla to Banihal town have also been suspended.

21-year-old Burhan, who shot to fame after his videos asking youth in Kashmir to join militancy appeared on social media, was cornered in Bumdoora village of Kokernag Friday morning by a joint team of police and Army, official sources said.

Burhan, who carried a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, is believed to have taken up the gun to avenge his elder brother's humiliation by the security forces who made him do squats after picking him up for no crime.

Last month, Wani released a video warning of attacks on separate colonies for Sainiks and Kashmiri Pandits if they are set up in the Valley.