Manan Wani’s killing: Clashes, shut­down dis­rupt life in Val­ley

Ad­di­tional forces de­ployed in the old city and sev­eral parts of Kup­wara; Fri­day prayers not al­lowed at Jamia Masjid

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Region - HT Cor­re­spon­dent n let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A day af­ter the killing of PhD scholar-turned-mil­i­tant Manan Wani, clashes erupted in his na­tive area Lo­lab on Fri­day.

The clashes erupted in sev­eral vil­lages in Lo­lab and Kup­wara af­ter Fri­day prayers. Po­lice used lath­icharge and tear gas shells to dis­perse pro­tes­tors. A fu­neral in ab­sen­tia for Wani was also or­gan­ised in south Kash­mir’s Anant­nag town.

The Val­ley wit­nessed com­plete shut­down against the killing of Wani in an en­counter at Hand­wara on Thurs­day.

The call for strike was given by Joint Re­sis­tance Lead­er­ship (JRL) on Thurs­day evening. While ve­hi­cles re­mained off roads, the train ser­vices were also sus­pended.

The ad­di­tional forces were de­ployed in the old city and in sev­eral parts of Kup­wara from Fri­day morn­ing as of­fi­cials had ap­pre­hen­sions of protests in these ar­eas.

Even Fri­day prayers were not al­lowed in city’s grand mosque Jamia Masjid.

“Even as #Kash­mir shuts to mourn scholar #Sha­heedMananWani, Down­town un­der strict cur­few, prayers at #Ja­maMasjid again barred for the 15th Fri­day this year while ar­bi­trary ar­rests PSAs on ac­tivists,sus­pen­sion of Kash­miri stu­dents from uni­ver­si­ties,re­peated clo­sure of col­leges and..uni­ver­si­ties to dis­al­low dis­sent con­tin­ues un­abated. This re­pres­sion cou­pled with in­tran­si­gence of Govt of In­dia pushes young boys to armed re­sis­tance and a cy­cle of death and loss,” tweeted Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq.

27-year-old Wani, was killed along with his as­so­ciate at Shat­pora Hand­wara af­ter the army and po­lice had launched a joint op­er­a­tion in the area.

Wani’s body was handed over to his fam­ily late on Thurs­day and thou­sands of vil­lagers par­tic­i­pated in his fu­neral held at Sogam late in the night.

He had joined Hizbul Mu­jahideen in Jan­uary this year.

WASEEM ANDRABI/ HT

Protesters throw stones to­wards se­cu­rity per­son­nel in Sri­na­gar on Fri­day.

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