Kashmir Tense: Death Toll Rises To 16


Normal life was hit for the second day today in Kashmir Valley due to curfew and strike following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. The restrictions have been imposed in most of Kashmir Valley as a precautionary measure.

According to Kashmir Monitor, the civilian death toll on Sunday rose to 16 after a youth was killed and four other persons succumbed to the injuries they sustained in Saturday’s clashes with security forces.

Irfan Ahmad Malik, 17, was killed in fresh firing in Pulwama district.

Four other persons, identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Mandoo, Mashooq Ahmad and Safeer Ahmad, all from Anantnag district, and Mohammmad Altaf Rather from Pulwama district died at a hospital on Sunday.

Mobile internet services have been blocked across the Valley. The Amarnath Yatra has also been suspended temporarily at the Jammu base camp. School board exams have been postponed.

Despite restrictions, a large number of people gathered in Tral for Burhan Wani’s funeral yesterday. He was killed in an intelligence-led police operation along with two other terrorists on Friday afternoon.

Gowhar Geelani wrote in Daily O “about 100,000 people had gathered at Eidgah in Tral to participate in Burhan’s funeral. Thousands of women and children were part of the gathering. A Sikh youth could be seen shouting slogans of “Azaadi” while mourning Burhan’s death. Eyewitnesses put the number of mourners at around 200,000 while some say the figure is even higher.”

Restrictions have been imposed in most areas of Srinagar city and four districts of south Kashmir. Yesterday, the restrictions were imposed only in some parts of Srinagar, Pulwama and Anantnag districts.

Meanwhile, the separatist-sponsored strike, which was extended for two more days yesterday, also affected normal life in the Valley.

Shops, private offices, business establishments and petrol pumps were shut, while government offices and banks witnessed thin attendance, the officials said.

They said public transport was completely off the roads, while cars and auto-rickshaws were seen plying at few places where there were no restrictions.

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