21-year-old Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani who carried a reward of Rs 10-lakh was killed in a gunfight with Indian Occupied forces Kokernag area of the district Islamabad in south Kashmir on Friday.
Geelani, Malik, Mirwaiz call for Kashmir Shutdown today over Burhan’s killing
Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, JKLF chief Yasin Malik and Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have called for Kashmir bandh today to mourn the death of Hizb commander Burhan Wani.
“While paying glowing and rich tributes to the Kashmiri brave heart and Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani who attained martyrdom in a gunfight with the Indian armed forces, Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference Jinab Syed Ali Geelani sahab called for complete state wide shutdown on 9 July Saturday against his martyrdom and appealed people to participate in his funeral prayers in large numbers,” said a statement issued here.
Geelani, it added, has appealed people to hold “funeral prayers in-absentia for Shaheed Burhan wani at their respective places who could not reach Tral.”
In separate statements, Malik and Mirwaiz paid glowing tributes to the young militant commander and asked people to observe complete shutdown today (Saturday).
Mirwaiz has also called for funeral prayers in absentia for the slain commander at 1:30 pm at Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
Meanwhile, Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chief Asiya Andrabi has called for a shutdown on Juy 9, 10 and 11.
In a statement, Andrabi said that Burhan’s contribution to the resistance movement of Kashmir will be written in golden words.
“While the martyrdom of Burhan and his associates in a matter of grief for the Kashmiri Nation, the struggle against the occupational will continue until Kashmir is free,” she said.
Masjids reverberate with pro-Burhan slogans
Massive protests and clashes were witnessed across Kashmir on Friday as the news of killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani and his two associates spread this evening.
In downtown Srinagar, amid pro-freedom slogans, hundreds of youths took to streets to protest the killing of Hizb commander and his associates, reports said.
Clashes broke out between police and protesting youths at Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta and other areas of old Srinagar. Police lobbed scores of teargas shells to disperse the protesters who were joined by scores of women at Nowhatta.
In South Kashmir, as the news of Hizb commander’s death spread, hundreds of people took to streets and started raising anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. In Sherbagh area of Islamabad, the protesters attacked local police station with stones and smashed CCTV cameras in Lal Chowk area where police resorted to pellet firing and teargas shelling on protesters, reports and witnesses said. Massive protests were also reported from Bijbehara and other places.
In Tral area of Pulwama district, the native place of Burhan, massive protests were witnessed this evening. The protesters attacked a CRPF camp, prompting its personnel to fire gunshots in the air. People were protesting till late evening and were waiting for the body of slain commander.
In Sopore, announcements were made from mosques urging them to assemble at Jamia Masjid Sopore. The protesters held massive protests and raised slogans in favour of the slain Hizb commander. In Palhalan, clashes broke out soon after the death of Hizb commander spread in the area.
The protesting youths pelted stones at the nearby police post and clashes continued till late evening. Hundreds of vehicles on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway were stranded following the clashes.
Protests were also reported from downtown area of Baramulla.
Meanwhile, separatist leader Yasin Malik was arrested by police this evening from his Maisuma residence. GK