Social media sites blocked in Kashmir Valley ahead of Burhan Wani’s death anniversary

NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir Police has ordered all social media sites to be blocked in the Kashmir valley ahead of July 8, the day on which Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani was killed by security forces last year.

“In view of the apprehension of misuse of Internet services by anti-national elements, which is likely to cause deterioration in law and order situation, you are directed to block all social media sites on lease line in Kashmir Valley from July 6 at 2200 hours till further order,” read a police injunction to nodal officers of all internet service providers in the Valley.

More than 21,000 additional central paramilitary forces have been deployed in Jammu and Kashmir for the security of Amarnath yatra and in the run-up to July 8, a day which terror outfits in the Valley plan to observe as Wani’s death anniversary.

“We are well prepared to handle any situation in Kashmir. We have sent 214 companies of central forces to control any situation which may arise on July 8 and during Amarnath yatra,” Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said.

Four districts of Jammu and Kashmir– Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag– have been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016.

Over 80 young men from these areas had taken to arms since the encounter, official sources from the state had said earlier.

Seventy-six civilians and two police personnel were killed during the five-month unrest in the Valley following Wani’s killing.

The state government has also announced 10-day holidays for all educational institutions from July 6.

The holidays coincide with a protest schedule issued by the United Jehad Council (UJC), an amalgam of militant organisations operating in the Valley.
The UJC had announced the protest programme on Monday in connection with what it called the first death anniversary of Wani.
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