Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), July 7: A day ahead of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani's death anniversary, authorities have beefed up security in the Valley to prevent terrorists and separatists from observing the day. An official from a local hospital told The Indian Express that one of the injured was referred to a Srinagar hospital.
The Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing from 6am in the morning using mortar bombs, small and automatic weapons. "I tried going to Tral but the Army turned us away", Muneeb-ul-Islam, a photojournalist based in Anantnag district said over phone.
Men sit next to a graffiti during curfew in Srinagar on July 8, 2017, the first anniversary on militant commander Burhan Wani's death.
Meanwhile, clashes erupted after security personnel intercepted a group of youth attempting to march towards Burhan's grave at Tral.
While the Centre has deployed more than 21,000 additional paramilitary personnel in the State in view of the situation there, the State Government has directed all internet service providers to block the social media sites from 10.00 pm on Thursday till further orders. A senior leader of a national party said that terrorists in Kulgam, Redwani, Khuwani, Quimoh, Hawara and Haji Dumhalpora mobilize young boys from poor families to join Hizbul. "He is still alive in our hearts".
Saturday's shelling comes as the volatile Himalayan region witnesses heightened tension on the death anniversary of pro-independence figure Burhan Wani, who was killed in a shootout with Indian troops last July.
"The more they try to suppress us, the more we will rise up".
Clashes between the protesters and the Indian forces broke out in South Kashmir's town of Shopain on Saturday after forces fired pellets to break up a demonstration in the area.
Almost 100 people died in the months that followed and many more were seriously injured in the eye from the pellet guns used to quell the protests.
Civilians have played an increasingly active role in the uprising against the state after the popular rebel leader's killing which sparked a huge outpouring of grief in Kashmir. In some cases, villagers who previously refrained from openly supporting rebels out of fear of Indian retribution have started to intervene to protect militants from government raids.