Burhan Wani’s killing: Kashmir still tense, 21 dead including one cop; curfew on, separatist leaders under house arrest
SRINAGAR: Fifteen people died and nearly 200 were injured in clashes in Kashmir yesterday after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani was killed, the police said. Police stations and minority camps have also come under attack, a senior officer said.
On 8 July 2016, at around 6 PM, I received my first call within minutes, indicating to me that this was no ordinary encounter. The caller told me that it was ninety percent certain that Burhan Wani was inside the small cordon.
Wani was the most-wanted terrorist in Kashmir Valley, credited with having created a wave of what is called New Militancy in South Kashmir.Curfew continued on Monday in most parts of the Kashmir Valley following tension over the death of 21 people during protests against the killing of a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani.
Victims: 21 dead so far including one cop
The victims comprised 21 protesters and a police driver. They were killed during clashes with security forces, mostly in Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama districts.Shabir Ahmad, the first victim from Srinagar succumbed to bullet injuries late Sunday evening,
Kashmir erupts in anger
Kashmir Valley erupted in anger on Saturday after security forces shot dead Burhan Wani, a top leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen, along with two of his associates on Friday. His funeral was attended by thousands.Three policemen taken hostage by angry mobs in south Kashmir on Friday, returned back safely, but their weapons were seized, police said here on Monday.Four police stations, 36 civil administration offices and dozens of vehicles were destroyed by unruly mobs.Over 100 civilians and 100 security personnel were injured in the bloody clashes.
Separatist leaders under house arrest
All senior separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, were placed under arrest by the authorities while the state government on Sunday requested them to help normalise the situation.It is feared if things are not quickly brought under control, Kashmir could be in the throws of another bloody unrest when in 2010, 112 protesters died in clashes with security forces.