Burhan anniversary: All roads leading to Tral in Pulwama closed

Burhan anniversary: All roads leading to Tral in Pulwama closed

Agency News

All roads leading to Tral, the hometown of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani, who was killed in an encounter by security forces on July 8, 2016 in Anantnag, have been closed since early Saturday morning.

Curfew-like restrictions have been imposed in the Tral town and adjoining areas since Friday evening to prevent any demonstration. Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, have called for a general strike tomorrow on the second day anniversary of Burhan.

Killing of Burhan led to massive protests in the valley during which 120 people, mostly youth, died in security force action. The separatists have also asked people to assemble at Tral to offer 'Fateha' to HM commander.

All the roads leading to Tral town have been closed since early this morning by security forces who have set up 'nakas'. Nobody was being allowed towards Tral from Rajpora security force camp on main Tral- Awantipora, national highway, road. The road has been closed with barbed wire and security forces were directing people, including those in vehicles, to go back, a local resident told.

Similarly, other roads connecting Tral with other areas have also been closed, he said. Though restrictions had been imposed in Tral and adjoining areas since last evening, repeated announcements were made through public address system directing people to remain indoors as curfew has been imposed.

Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel could be seen patrolling deserted streets in the town, where people remained indoor in their houses.

There was no report of any violation of restrictions from any part of the town so far, official sources said, adding that restrictions will continue tomorrow also. (UNI)