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Security cover in Kashmir increased as hundreds attend slain Hizbul commander Sabzar Bhat's funeral

Srinagar: Authorities on Sunday clamped curfew and imposed restrictions in the Kashmir Valley to maintain law and order, as top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat was buried in his ancestral village of Tral of south Kashmir with hundreds attending the midnight funeral.

Though authorities said curfew would be imposed only in seven police station areas of Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, M R Gunj, Safa Kadal, Kralkhud and Maisuma in Srinagar on Sunday, the city was virtually sealed in the morning to prevent vehicular movement.

Heavy deployment of security forces was seen in the old city areas of Srinagar to prevent violence. One person was killed and 40 others were injured in violent clashes between the stone-pelters and security forces on Saturday.

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik was arrested on Sunday and shifted to central jail in Srinagar. On Saturday, Malik had visited Bhat's residence in Rutsana, Tral and expressed his condolences over Bhat's death to his mother.

Bhat was buried past midnight in his ancestral graveyard in Rutsana village, as hundreds converged — arriving from different areas amid massive security.

representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

On Saturday, one protester was killed when many tried to breach the cordon of security forces in Saimoh village where the Hizbul commander Sabzar Ahmed Bhat and his accomplice were trapped.

In clashes at other place, 40 people including 28 protesters and 12 security personnel were injured.

Of the injured protesters, eight are being treated for bullet injuries while seven have suffered pellet injuries, and are admitted to different hospitals in Srinagar.

Restrictions under Section 144 CrPC were imposed in Ganderbal, Badgam, Bandipora and Kupwara in north Kashmir while in south Kashmir, the districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian saw unprecedented security arrangements in place to ensure minimum attendance at Bhat's funeral prayers.

People in hundreds had arrived on Saturday from different places of south Kashmir to attend the burial of Bhat and Faizan, his associate, who were killed in a gunfight with the security forces in Saimoh village.

The authorities suspended internet services on mobile phones on Saturday in addition to suspending outgoing call facility on prepaid mobile phones.

On Sunday morning, call facility, incoming and outgoing, were suspended on all mobile phones. Only postpaid BSNL mobile phones are working at the moment.

Train services between Baramulla and Bannihal towns have also been suspended.

State civil service (judicial) exam which was scheduled on Sunday has been cancelled.

All educational institutions have been ordered to remain closed on Monday in the Valley.

The separatists have called for a protest shutdown on Sunday and Monday, and called for a 'March to Tral' town on 30 May to offer funeral prayers and show solidarity with the slain Hizbul commander.


Published Date: May 28, 2017 13:35 PM | Updated Date: May 28, 2017 13:35 PM

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