Forces on alert ahead of Burhan anniversary

Ahead of second death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, forces in Valley on alert to foil militant attacks.
Sources said ahead of Burhan’s anniversary, a general alert has been sounded and troops have been asked to remain “extra alert” in view of possible threats of militant attacks.
“There is no specific threat. However, a general alert has been issued in view of militant threats ahead of Burhan Wani’s anniversary,” a top officer in the security establishment told Rising Kashmir.
Sources said an advisory has been issued to forces to maintain tight vigil on security installations in the State including those located close to the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) as intelligence inputs suggested threats from militants.
They said militants were under constant pressure from their handlers across the border to carry out attacks in Kashmir to avenge killings of militants including top commanders in the valley.
A top security officer said the situation in south Kashmir was under control but fragile and forces would further beef measures to maintain strict vigil in view of Hizb commander’s second death anniversary.
He said forces would intensify area domination, establish checkpoints and launch operations against militants based on specific intelligence.
“In order to show their presence, militants may carry out strikes by or before July 8,” security officials believe.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik have called for shutdown in Valley to mark the second death anniversary of Burhan.
They have also said that public meeting would be held at Tral in South Kashmir, the native place of Burhan, on July 8.
Valley witnessed over five month long unrest after Burhan’s killing in a gunfight with forces at Bamdoora, Kokernag in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on July 8 in 2016.
Nearly 100 civilians were killed, thousands injured and hundreds blinded by pellets fired by forces during the 2016 unrest.
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