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Rishi Kak | HENB | Jammu | July 9, 2016:: It was the day of chaos and confusion in the most crowded Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas, when the batch for Amarnath Yatra again got cancelled this morning due to Hizbul clamp after the death of a militant leader in a security challenged firing. It results a lot of harassment for pilgrims coming from all over the country to pay obeisance to Shri Amarnath Yatra holy cave during this annual Hindu pilgrimage.
The annual Amarnath Yatra was suspended and no pilgrim was on Saturday allowed to move from Jammu city to perform the Amarnath Yatra following the tension in Kashmir valley.
“No yatri was allowed to move from Bhagawati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu city towards the valley due to prevailing tension following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani,” a senior police official told here in Jammu.
“The situation will be reviewed later. Till then the Amarnath Yatra shall remain suspended.”
Curfew-like restrictions have been imposed in all sensitive areas of the Kashmir Valley to prevent protests in wake of killing of Burhan Wani.
“Restrictions would be imposed in entire South Kashmir, parts of Srinagar and North Kashmir,” a government official said here late on Friday.
Following the unrest that followed after the killing, mobile internet services have been suspended across Kashmir. The ongoing Amarnath yatra has also been suspended till further orders.
According to the Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Muneer-ul-Islam strict curfew would be imposed in Pulwama.
Meanwhile, authorities on Friday placed several Hurriyat leaders under house arrest to prevent them from leading rallies against the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani.
The annual Amarnath Yatra was proceeding normally so far and over 86,000 pilgrims have had ‘darshan’ of the ‘Lingam’ inside the cave shrine in kashmir Himalayas.
Situated at 3,888 metres above the sea level, the cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that wanes and waxes with the phases of the moon.
Violence erupts in Kashmir, BJP office in Kulgam attacked
Violence broke out at several places in Kashmir today as protesters attacked police posts, forces personnel and BJP office in Kulgam to protest the death of Hizbul Mujhaideen poster boy Burhan Wani in an encounter.
11 persons including three policemen have been injured during the clashes. Groups of youths pelted stones at police posts and police stations at Bandipora, Qazigund and Larnoo in Anantnag district, a police official said.
Violent protests were also held in Mir Bazaar and Damhaal Hanjipora in Kulgam district and Warpora in Sopore township of Baramulla district.
The police picket guarding Hindu-Sikh minority community in Vessu area of south Kashmir was also attacked, the official said.
He said a crowd also attacked BJP office in Nilo-Bugam area of Kulgam district and damaged the building.
Stone pelting incidents were also reported from Sheeri, Kreeri, Delina, Pattan and Palhalan areas of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the official said, adding Barsoo and Shariefabad in Awantipora area of south Kashmir also saw violent protests.
He said “so far 11 persons including three policemen have received injuries during the clashes which were going on when reports last came in”.
Minor protests were also reported from several parts of the city, he added.
Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in parts of Kashmir, including Srinagar city, and Amarnath yatra suspended as authorities had apprehended protests in the Valley, where tension prevailed following the killing of Wani yesterday.
Mobile internet across Kashmir has been suspended while mobile telephony services have also been restricted in south Kashmir.
Top separatists leaders who had called for a strike were put under house arrest as a precautionary measure.