A former Indian interlocutor on Jammu and Kashmir, Radha Kumar, addressing a seminar on "Kashmir Today: Towards an Indian Future" in New Delhi warned that India could lose Kashmir in the next decade if serious efforts were not made to resolve the lingering dispute.
Curfew was imposed in Tral to prevent unrest and violence. His killing had triggered over five months' long unrest in the Valley during which 90 people and over 13,000 civilians were injured in security forces' firing on protestors.
Anticipating trouble in the Valley on the first death anniversary of Burhan Wani, curfew has been imposed in several areas in the Kashmir Valley. At many places, mosques were blaring pro-freedom songs while reports of small rallies are coming in from parts of south Kashmir.
An order by the district administration also stated that essential services, government employees and accredited and registered media persons would be exempted from the restrictions imposed across the state. Police, CRPF, Army, BSF and ITBP personnel have been deployed in strength in IHC to maintain law and order and foil anti-India protests.
On first death anniversary of Kashmiri rebel fighter, Burhan Wani, Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir stated that Wani proved the youth of Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) will get freedom from Indian attrocities soon. "We should understand the pain of Kashmiris". "We have sent 214 companies of central forces to control any situation that may arise on July 8 and during the Amarnath Yatra". There will be no blanket ban on Internet.
The IGP said security measures will be reviewed every day and the measures will be set as per the situation.
Internet services were shut down on Thursday evening.
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Burhan Wani used to post on social media his pictures in which he carries modern weapons like machine guns and other military weapons which he has no right to use or carry or keep in possession.
The call for a strike to mark Wani's killing was given by local Kashmiri separatist leaders and by a Pakistan-based militant commander, Syed Salahuddin, whom the United States last week added to its list of global terrorists.
The JRL also appealed people to visit the residences of martyrs in their respective areas on July 09. There will be no permission for any unlawful assembly anywhere. "Primary concern for security agencies will be to ensure that there is no breach of peace anywhere", he told reporters. "There is a chance that militants may attack soft targets", Khan was quoted by Greater Kashmir as saying.
Officials and witnesses said residents in the main city of Srinagar and at least four places in southern Kashmir tried to march on the streets while chanting slogans in favor of rebels and ending Indian rule.
Wani's killing in an encounter with security forces on July 8 a year ago, triggered massive protests and prolonged period of curfews and shutdowns across the Valley.
All exams scheduled for Saturday have been cancelled by Kashmir University, which said that new dates would be announced later.