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Kashmir Valley has been turned into a garrison with thousands of police, army and paramilitary troopers deployed to impose curfew in order to prevent protests on the first death anniversary of Hizb commander Burhan Wani.

Burhan Wani's martyrdom had triggered massive protests and prolonged period of curfews and shutdowns across the held valley.

The Indian authorities imposed heavy restrictions in the Kashmir valley for the anniversary, stopping internet access and sealing off Tral.

The police fired tear gas canisters when protesters threw rocks at them - an increasingly common tactic in the region.

The protesters responded by hurling rocks at troops. During clashes, two persons were injured and referred to SMHS hospital for treatment.

Seven people have been killed in cross-border shelling in disputed Kashmir, with both Pakistani and Indian officials trading the blame.

Kashmir has been divided between Pakistan and India since the end of British rule in 1947.

India regularly accuses Pakistan of arming and training militants and allowing them across the restive frontier in an attempt to launch attacks on Indian forces.

The separatist camp, including Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the Yasin Malik-led JKLF, has asked people to march to Tral, about 36 kilometres from Srinagar, to pay tribute to Wani, who was killed in an encounter with security forces on 8 July a year ago.

Government forces for the second day sealed off Tral and had asked the locals to stay indoors.

"I have never seen such restrictions in my lifetime".

They said around 20 local youth, who were trying to march towards Tral, were caught by army and beaten mercilessly.

Troops laid steel barricades and coiled razor wire on roads and intersections to cut off neighborhoods as authorities anticipated widespread protests.

All separatist leaders have been either placed under house arrest or taken into preventive custody.

Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with the security forces previous year.

"The continuous absence of political engagement in Kashmir and the continuous denial on part of Delhi that says there is nothing to be addressed politically has made the situation more complex in the past one year", according to Bukhari.

Sharif in a message on the first anniversary of Wani's death said that India can not suppress the voice of the people of Kashmir through brute force. It said it had lodged an official protest with the Indian envoy.

Over 80 young men from these areas had taken to arms since the encounter, official sources from the state had said earlier.

Internet services were shut down and police raised barricades between neighborhoods. Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said, "The government has to ensure peace, it is our aim to destroy them (terrorists)".

The mountainous region is home to dozens of armed groups fighting for independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan. Almost 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting and the ensuing Indian crackdown.


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