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Curfew,strike in IHK : First death anniversary of Burhan Wani

SRINAGAR -UNS- The first death anniversary of the Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani is being observed in both parts of Kashmir today (Saturday).

India cut off all internet services, imposed a curfew and deploys thousands of troops in Occupied Kashmir for the anniversary of the death of popular Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani.

Burhan Wani, a commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen best known for appearing on social media in military fatigues to urge young people to join the fight against Indian forces, was killed in southern Kashmir on July 8 last year.

Indian authorities on Friday shut down the internet in Held Kashmir and sealed off the hometown of a slain Kashmiri leader a day before the anniversary of his killing by the army, which had fuelled further unrest across the Himalayan region.

On Friday, police halted people s movements in his hometown of Tral, in a bid to forestall gatherings and demonstrations, witnesses said.

Kashmir s separatist leaders — most of whom have been either confined to their homes or jailed ahead of the anniversary — have called for a week of protests from Saturday to mark Wani s death.

Authorities have begun controlling people s movements and suspended mobile internet services in some areas.

One senior officer said police stations across south Kashmir were full of motorbikes seized to stop activists moving between villages.

India has deployed two additional army battalions — about 2,000 troops — to troubled regions in the southern Kashmir area.

But some officials say the challenge now is to deal with public anger rather than the militant threat.

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