Day after Kashmir’s joint resistance leadership issued a week-long protest programme to commemorate the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani on July 8, the police said that it won’t allow any rally that “aims at paying tributes to the slain militant commander.” Kashmir range inspector general of police, Muneer Ahmad Khan, said police will leave no stone unturned to ensure that peace and law and order are maintained from July 7 onwards.
There is no question of allowing any rally or a gathering on the eve of Burhan Wani’s anniversary,” .He said a “primary concern” for security agencies will be to ensure that there is no breach of peace anywhere. A source in police said it has been decided not to allow any freedom gathering or even a small rally anywhere, especially in Burhan’s hometown Tral on July 8. “There is every possibility of breach of law and order on July 8, and if any program is organised successfully, it can become a ‘trend’ in coming years,” the source said. “Then, there will be anniversaries of other slain commanders of militant outfits observed too. We will have an anniversary of a militant commander every day then.” The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have called for a complete shutdown on July 8 and asked people to reach Tral where they would address a freedom gathering jointly. The J&K government has announced a 10-day summer vacation in all educational institutions from July 6. Burhan, 22, was considered a poster boy of new-age militancy in Kashmir who kept the security agencies on tenterhooks for six years before getting killed in a brief gunfight in Kokernag, Anantnag on July 8, last year. His killing triggered a six-month-long uprising that left 96 civilians, mostly youth, dead in action by government forces. Two cops were also killed. Meanwhile, police raided residences of many Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leaders as part of its crackdown ahead of Burhan’s anniversary. Many resistance leaders are on the run to evade arrest. Majority of Hurriyat leaders have either been placed under house arrest or lodged in various police stations. According to sources, more than 25 leaders or activists have been lodged in various police stations. While Geelani has been confined to his Hyderpora residence for most part of the past eight years, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has remained under house arrest for the past couple of weeks. JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik has been lodged in central jail Srinagar. Meanwhile, police raided Hyderpora office of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani and detained senior leader Peer Saifullah. A statement said Saifullah is not keeping well as he has recently gone through a surgery for brain tumour.