Violence protests were witnessed at several places in Kashmir on July 9 in the wake of killing of Hizbul Mujhaideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani in an encounter.
The mob attacked police posts and security personnel. A police official said a mob also attacked the BJP office in Nilo-Bugam area of Kulgam district and damaged the building.
During the clashes, 11 people including three policemen were injured. Groups of youths pelted stones at police posts and police stations at Bandipora, Qazigund and Larnoo in Anantnag district, a police official said.
Violent protests were also held in Mir Bazaar and Damhaal Hanjipora in Kulgam district and Warpora in Sopore township of Baramulla district.
Stone pelting incidents were also reported from Sheeri, Kreeri, Delina, Pattan and Palhalan areas of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the official said.
Amid the violent protests, reports suggest that five people were killed and more than 50 injured in the Valley, marking one the worst days of street violence in the state.
Fearing law and order problems in Kashmir, security agencies have suspended the Amarnath Yatra.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General (DG), K Durga Prasad said that the Amarnath Yatra is suspended for now and shall remain suspended till further orders.
He also said that adequate security measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of all devotees. He added that ‘additional’ measures have been taken by the forces so that no mishappening can take place.
Authorities have suspended mobile internet services in Kashmir Valley to check spreading of rumours by anti-social elements.
In Srinagar, restrictions have been imposed in areas falling under seven police stations which include Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, M.R. Gunj, Safakadal, Maisuma, Kralkhud. All school board exams scheduled for the day have been postponed.
Train services from Baramulla in Kashmir region to Banihal town in Jammu have also been suspended.
Wani, along with two associates, were gunned down by the security forces on July 8.