Thousands attend Burhan Wani's funeral; violence rocks Kashmir, BJP office in Kulgam attacked
Burhan Wani, the son of a headmaster and a school dropout, carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head.
Srinagar: Thousands of people on Saturday attended the funeral of Hizbul Mujhaideen poster boy, Burhan Wani, who was killed in an encounter on Friday.
Kashmir witnessed huge protests as mob attacked police posts, security personnel and BJP office in Kulgam to protest the death of 21-year-old Burhan, who shot to fame after his videos asking youth in the Valley to join militancy appeared on social media.
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.
Stone pelting incidents were also reported from Sheeri, Kreeri, Delina, Pattan and Palhalan areas of north Kashmir's Baramulla district.
Fearing law and order problems in Kashmir the authorities today suspended the Amarnath Yatra.
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.
The government suspended mobile Internet services in Kashmir Valleya and curfew-like restrictions were imposed in parts of the Valley.
Huge number of security personnel have been deployed in areas like Pulwama, Shopian, Ananatnag and Sopore.
The Rail services from Baramulla to Banihal town have also been suspended.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah asserted that Wani had become the new 'icon' for the frustrated and disaffected community in the Valley.
BJP leader Hina Bhatt acknowledged the fact that the separatists always extend their support to terrorist groups.
Wani, who featured in videos circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp, aimed at recruiting young Kashmiri men for terror, was hunted down by the security forces in an intelligence-led operation last evening.
Wani, the son of a headmaster and a school dropout, carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head.