New Delhi, July 9: Protests denouncing the killing of Burhan Wani, Commander of militant outfit Hizbul Mujahiddin, across Kashmir turned violent in Saturday. So far, eight deaths have reported and a number of other have been injured. One of the eight people died due to drowning, as per media reports. The J&K police along with military personnel claim to have been attacked by the protesters.
Three policemen have been reported missing, whereas 94 others have suffered serious injuries. Thousands have taken to the street, attacking police posts, and security forces. Earlier in the day, Bhartiya Janata Party’s office in Kulgam was attacked.
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A number of youngsters pelted stones at the police posts and police stations in the Bandipora, Qazigund and Larnoo in Anantnag district, a police source told The Indian Express. The law and order situation has been precarious in the region since the Wani was shot dead, along with two other rebel militants, by security forces in Kashmir on Friday.
“Incidents took place in various places. Even if we have suffered losses to property, we have tried to ensure that lives were not lost,” a J&K police official said. “Security installations were set on fire…It is unfortunate and sad.”
Wani was a role-model for many of the Kashmiri youth, particularly the ones who grew up in an environment of violence for which they hold the Indian military responsible. Six years ago, Wani left home at the age of 15 following the death of his brother at the hands of security forces.
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Seeking vengeance for this brother’s death, he took up arms against the Indian state and joined the Hizbul Mujahiddin. The tech-savvy militant is known for his use of Facebook and Whatsapp, among other social media to recruit young Kashmiris.
Separatists in Kashmir have called for a three-day shutdown. Curfew has been imposed in parts of the state,mobile services, internet and railways have been suspended to deter mobilisations of the protesters.