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LIVE: Burhan Waniís death evokes protests, 9 killed; Amarnath Yatra to resume soon, says police
In a big blow to militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, Hizbul Mujahideen’s 21-year-old poster boy Burhan Wani was shot dead on Friday by security forces along with two of his accomplices in Kokernag area, 83 km from Srinagar.
Immediately after the news of Burhan’s death spread, pro-Pakistan slogans were heard in downtown Srinagar with people coming out on the roads and burning tyres. Curfew like restrictions were imposed in the area.
Also read | Burhan Wani: The poster boy of Hizbul Mujahideen
A resident of Tral, in the outskirts of Srinagar city, Burhan carried a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head while
Sartaz, who was a re-cycled terrorist, was involved in many terror related incidents.
Check out the LIVE updates:
8.10 pm: Kashmiri youth need to ask these leaders “if jihad, if this gun is so pious why don’t you or your children pick it up?- Junaid Qureshi.
8.05 pm: Poor people’s sons are dying on streets &they are glorifying it: J Qureshi (son of separatist leader Hashim Qureshi)
8.00 pm: Mehbooba Mufti asks Kashmiris to maintain calm
7.45 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh appeals to maintain peace. “I appeal to the people of Kashmir to maintain peace and help in restoring the law and order situation in the state: HM Rajnath Singh.”
7.30 pm: Mobile Internet services remain suspended in the region.
6.45 pm: Amarnath Yatra will be resumed as soon as it is possible to ensure security of yatris, says J&K Police ADGP S M Sahai.
6.40 pm: It is very unfortunate that young lives were lost in clashes, says J&K Police.
6.38 pm: We certainly don’t want to kill youngsters of our own society, said J&K Police ADGP on gunning down of Hizb militant Burhan Wani in encounter.
6.20 pm: Security stepped up in some parts of the Kashmir
6.00 pm: Jammu and Kashmir Police said in its Press Briefing that 8 civilian have been killed in today’s protest.
5.00 pm: Protests reported in Pulwama district.
4.20 pm : Four protesters were killed and atleast 70, including police personnels were injured in clashes between security forces and people protesting the death of Burhan Wani.
4.10 pm: Congress termed the protests in Kashmir over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani as ”unfortunate”, saying people should not mourn for militants who are responsible for killing hundreds of innocents.
3.30 pm: BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday said the killing of Burhan Wani in Jammu and Kashmir must be seen as the government’s zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism, and described it to be a big breakthrough on the part of the security forces.
2.25 pm: Funeral prayers for Burhan Wani, Hizbul Mujahideen operative in Tral in Pulwama district of J&K
1.50 pm: Protesters attack police posts and security personnel in several areas and targeted BJP office in Kulgam as violence broke out in Kashmir Valley, a day after Wani, was killed in an encounter.
1.18 am: Advocating the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to learn lessons from Congress’ experience to restore normalcy in the valley, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said, “I fear that we are spinning into a situation in which we were in the 1990s…This government needs to learn lessons from Congress’ experience, but I am afraid they are so prejudiced against the Congress that they will never learn any lessons from history.”
11.18 am: A day after alleging that slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani had no links to militancy, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday asserted that Wani had become the new ‘icon’ for the frustrated and disaffected community in the valley.
11.04 am: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday paid tribute to slain Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani, who was killed in a gunfight with the Indian Armed Forces in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a tweet, the cricketing body said, “Kashmiri mujahid burhan bhai martyred today* allah accept his shahadat.”
05.49 am: Amarnath Yatra suspended in view of tension due to killing of Wani, says Govt official