In Pictures : Kashmir mourns Burhan, 23 killed

Clashes in Indian-administered Kashmir follow mass funeral for slain rebel fighter Burhan Wani.

Government forces crushed protests, which erupted over the killing of Hizbul-Mujahidin commander Burhan Wani, with ruthless force, killing 23 people  , including a girl and injuring about 300 others, including the 70 who have suffered bullet and pellet wounds.  According to various hospital sources, the condition of 15 injured is stated to be critical.

Police, paramilitary troopers and army fired on unarmed, protesting mourners at several places in South Kashmir areas including Koimoh, Harwat, Dooru, Bijbehara, Siligam, Arwani, Seer, Mattan, Kokernag and Aishmuqam areas of Kulgam, Pulwama and Anantnag districts. Defying curfew, the mourners were trying to march towards Burhan’s hometown Tral.


Local mosques reverberated with pro-freedom and pro-Burhan slogans in Anantnag district, which witnessed the fiercest clashes between forces and people, many of which turned violent after forces retailed with heavy teargas and firing.

Photographs appeared to show thousands attending Wani's funeral in his hometown of Tral, about 40 km (25 miles) south of Srinagar, despite restrictions on the movement of people and traffic ordered the night before.


Sopore town also witnessed heavy clashes between people and government forces on Saturday in which dozens were injured. A youth hailing from Sangrampora area of Sopore has been critically injured after he was hit by a teargas shell in the head during the clashes.

 Unconfirmed reports, however, said more than seventy people have suffered bullet wounds alone, most of them from Srinagar.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Asgar Hussain Samoon told reporters that curfew has been imposed in the entire valley from midnight to maintain law and order.

 Block Medical Officer of Sopore town told Kashmir Reader that ‘his condition is very critical’.
Medical Superintendent at SMHS hospital, Nazir Choudhary told Kashmir Reader that more than 60 people had bullet and pellet wounds. Among them five are serious.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a separatist political leader, accused police of using excessive force and questioned their version of events. Farooq, the head of a faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference separatist alliance, accused police of brutish tactics. "The intention of police and Indian armed forces is always to shoot to kill and not disperse mobs by using non-lethal means," he said.

Burhan's death came amid a rise in violence and separatist sentiment across the state, which has been at the centre of a strategic tussle between India and Pakistan for decades.

Massive protests also erupted in Kaimoh and its adjoining villages in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, where Khursheed Ahmad and Abdul Hameed Mochi were shot dead.

 Jammu and Kashmir's former chief minister, Omar Abdullah, said Wani had now become a "new icon" for disaffected people in the state.



"Burhan joined because he was humiliated on the streets, his brother was tortured, this is where his resentment for the Indian government came from, and this is why Kashmiris identified with him"
Khurram Parvez

Mobile Internet services were blocked across some parts of the state and cell phone service was interrupted in others.  Wani, the son of a school headmaster, regularly posted video messages online, dressed in military fatigues and inviting young men to join his jihad.

.Shops, banks and other offices were closed in Srinagar, as paramilitary troops patrolled the streets outside.  Police said they halted traffic on the main highway connecting the state to the rest of India after disruptions by protestors and officials said train services had been temporarily halted in the area.




















Location:Srinagar, Kashmir Tral 192123

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