Restrictions have been imposed in parts of Srinagar and other places in the Kashmir Valley on Monday to prevent protests called by separatists on the death anniversary of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.
Not only shops, businesses and transport, even the internet and the advance of pilgrims for the Amarnarh Yatra have been put on hold. The separatist combine, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, has appealed to the people to observe a Valley-wide protest with the shutdown on the third death anniversary of Wani.
Wani was killed in a gunfight with the security forces on July 8, 2016 in Kokernag area of Anantnag district along with two accomplices. Wani had since then become a poster boy for home-grown militancy in Kashmir. Restrictions have been imposed in Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainwari, MR Gunj and Safa Kadal among others, police sources said. The authorities have also suspended mobile Internet services in four districts of Pulwama, Kulgam, Anantnag and Shopian to prevent spread of inflammatory posts and pictures.
The state suspended Amarnath yatra as a precautionary measure. Vehicles carrying pilgrims were not allowed to move towards the Kashmir Valley on Monday. The call to suspend the yatra was taken after the state administration sensed violence in Kashmir by Wani's sympathisers.
According to police, over 3,000 pilgrims, scheduled to leave for the Valley, have been stranded at the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu. In Srinagar city and other parts of the Valley, shops, public transport, other businesses and educational institutes remained closed.