Kashmiris conduct referendum march on Pakistan’s Independence Day


In occupied Kashmir, in view of the ongoing uprising in the Valley triggered by killing of the 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8, the authorities have further intensified unprecedented curfew and other restrictions in the name of security to prevent people from staging pro-Pakistan and pro-freedom demonstrations on Pakistan’s Independence Day, today.

Indian Army, police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in strength in Srinagar and all other districts and towns of the Valley. About 1500 troops are guarding the Bakshi Stadium, where main function of India’s Independence Day will be held on August 15 and puppet Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti would attend it as chief guest.

Kashmiris observe August 15 every year as black day across the territory. Reserve Intervention Vehicles (RIVs), bullet proof vehicles and drones have been deployed to ensure smooth conduct of August 15 functions. All the roads leading to Bakshi Stadium have been sealed by the police and paramilitary troops. 1000 guests have been invited to attend the function in Bakshi Stadium.

Sharp-shooters have been deployed atop buildings adjacent to the venue. “We are maintaining a close coordination with other security agencies to ensure smooth and peaceful functions,” police officials said. All Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have been made operational to check any movements and maintain round-the-clock vigil.

Women CRPF personnel have also been deployed outside Bakshi Stadium to frisk women guests before allowing them entry into the venue.

“Mobile services are already suspended in the territory. Besides intensifying vehicle searches at vital installations, barricades have been placed on link roads connecting main highways across the territory.

The restrictions have also been put in place to stop people from taking out rallies and unfurling Pakistani flags. Many youth in have been taken into custody for conducting such activities. Waving Pakistani flag has become a norm in the territory especially after the killing the martyred commander.

A senior police officer said curfew will remain in force on August 14 and 15 in the valley.

The Hurriyet leaders, who are spearheading the ongoing uprising in the Valley, have called for Referendum March to Lal Chowk today on August 14 and observance of Black Day tomorrow, on August 15.


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