Indian Occupied Kashmir in lockdown amid Burhan Wani’s anniversary tensions
SRINAGAR: Indian authorities imposed a lockdown in the occupied Kashmir valley Sunday after separatists urged protests to mark the anniversary of a popular rebel leader’s death.
Tension had been building ahead of the anniversary with three civilians, including a teenage girl, killed on Saturday after Indian troops opened fire on the armless crowd.
Mobile internet services were shut down across Indian-administered Kashmir, roads into the restive valley were blocked and restrictions on movement were imposed in Srinagar.
Authorities have clamped a total curfew in Tral, the native home of rebel commander Burhan Wani.
The charismatic young leader’s death in 2016 sparked months of violent street protests that left nearly 100 dead and countless more blinded by pellet fire following an Indian forces’ crackdown.
Separatist leaders urged shopkeepers to keep their businesses closed in protest to mark Wani’s death.
India has more than 500,000 soldiers deployed to the occupied Kashmir, where the natives have for decades been fighting for a merger with Pakistan.