Excesses in Indian Kashmir: 11 killed as clashes erupt after iconic militant’s death

Published: July 10, 2016
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Kashmiri mourners carry the body of Burhan Muzaffar Wani, the new-age poster boy for the rebel movement in the restive Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir, ahead of his funeral in Tral, his native town, 42kms south of Srinagar on July 9, 2016.  PHOTO: AFP

Kashmiri mourners carry the body of Burhan Muzaffar Wani, the new-age poster boy for the rebel movement in the restive Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir, ahead of his funeral in Tral, his native town, 42kms south of Srinagar on July 9, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

SRINAGAR: At least 11 protesters died as crowds angered by the killing of a militant clashed with armed police in Indian Kashmir on Saturday, torching buildings and blocking streets, security officials said.

Police sources told Reuters that demonstrators set fire to three police stations and two government buildings in towns south of Srinagar, and three officers had gone missing in the violence.

All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq accused police of using excessive force and questioned their version of events.

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The protests erupted a day after security services shot dead Burhan Wani, a 22-year-old militant known for his calls to arms on social media. Photographs appeared to show thousands attending Wani’s funeral, despite restrictions on the movement of people and traffic.

Violent incidents of arson and stone pelting were reported from several parts of Indian Kashmir, according to additional director general of police SM Sahai.

Some of the crowds tried to enter security installations and managed to steal weapons from one police station that they used to shoot at officers, he said, putting the death count at eight. But two other officers said three more people had died from their injuries.

Sahai and the police sources said 96 security personnel had been injured during the day’s violence alongside, more than 60 protestors.

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APHC head Farooq 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. He said that “maybe at one place the people attacked a police station”.

Farooq was one of a number of leaders that authorities placed under house detention after Wani’s death, and did not take part in any of the rallies.

Indian Kashmir’s former chief minister, Omar Abdullah, said Wani had now become a ‘new icon’ for disaffected people in the state. “Mark my words – Burhan’s ability to recruit into militancy from the grave will far outstrip anything he could have done on social media,” he said on Twitter.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Auginpk
    Jul 10, 2016 - 9:44AM

    The death of 11 innocents is very bad and regretable.

    But a terrorist is a terrorist.Recommend

  • mirestan
    Jul 10, 2016 - 10:27AM

    Shame on Pakistani media. No support for Kashmri freedom fighters. This looks as Goverment of pakistan’s pro indian policy. Kashmiris have been genocide next door. Pakistani watching .Recommend

  • Jul 10, 2016 - 10:43AM

    Indian occupied Kashmir! Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Jul 10, 2016 - 11:56AM

    If you take Gun,you will perish by GunRecommend

  • zoro
    Jul 10, 2016 - 12:22PM

    Well he was hunted and shot dead by Indian security personnel…Recommend

  • Saifullah
    Jul 10, 2016 - 12:53PM

    @mirestan:

    Borther, Pakistan stands by with our Kashmiri brothers against the brutal occupation by the indian forces. We support you both morally and materially in this war of independence from the indian atrocities. The blood of the martyrs will not go waste and Kashmir will be free soon.Recommend

  • Jingalaala
    Jul 10, 2016 - 12:54PM

    Police is correct in their action. In fact wani should have been shot long time back. About killing others, to maintain law and order, the police or other armed forces should use force or firepower against any unreasonable and violent protesters who indulge in violence and arson. There are no two ways about it.Recommend

  • Indian
    Jul 10, 2016 - 1:00PM

    Terrorists will be put down with an iron fist !!
    No sacrifice is too big.Recommend

  • Pure Ind
    Jul 10, 2016 - 1:12PM

    @Asad:
    Kashmir was always a part of India, since more than 5000 yrs back when there were only idol worshipers guess you are aware that kashmir also had a substantial population of Hindu Pandits.
    Other civilizations, cultures & religions migrated to this great land, due to its richness. So does that mean that tenants have more right than the true house owners??Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jul 10, 2016 - 1:28PM

    @mirestan: Well my family are from Kashmir and we are Indians, always have been always will be. We lived in Kashmir well before Islam even appeared.Recommend

  • OSD
    Jul 10, 2016 - 1:48PM

    It looks like the Kashmir freedom struggle is gaining strength day by day.. And with the actual support of the people, even the strongest, most brutal governments are unable to stop freedom movements. A gift of Narendra Modi, with all his hindu extremist policies, this is the only thing he has managed to change in India!Recommend

  • tabloid reader
    Jul 10, 2016 - 10:36PM

    @Sunil:
    hahah lulz. Says who? Things like you may have been there, as a minority. You cant usurp rights of the majority. Go figureRecommend

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