Srinagar, July 9: The annual Amarnath Yatra, which sees thousands of devotees travel to the famous Amarnath caves, has been suspended, following tensions in the state, after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an operation on Friday. Curfew has been imposed in large parts of the valley and Srinagar city, as well as Pulwama district, as a precautionary measure against any tensions that might be caused by miscreants and Wani’s supporters.
Mobile internet and train services have also been suspended across the state, a government official told PTI. Meanwhile, Kashmiri Separatist leaders like All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Dukhtaran-e-Millat leader Asiya Andrabi, have called for a state wide shut down, against the killing. They also appealed to the people of the valley to attend the funeral of the 22-year-old Hizbul commander, in large numbers. Geelani also appealed to people to hold funeral prayers in-absentia for Wani, in their respective homes. ALSO READ: Burhan Wani dead: Separatists call Jammu and Kashmir shutdown against killing of Hizbul commander
All school board examinations scheduled for the day, have also been suspended. Wani was killed on Friday, along with some of his associates, in an operation by the security forces. Wani had earlier been spotted in several videos and images released Facebook and Whatsapp, with the aim of recruiting Kashmiri men for the banned outfit. He and his group were hunted down in an intelligence led operation and killed in Anantnag in South Kashmir on Friday afternoon, confirmed the police. After the killing, there have been reports of several over night clashes between the security forces and armed youth in several parts of South Kashmir.