Internet Services Suspended In Valley After Killing Hizbul Commander In Encounter

Fearing violence in the Valley after the killing of Hizbul Commander Bhat, the government decided to suspend internet services to prevent people from using social networking platforms and aggravating the situation.
Sabzar Ahamad Bhat

Kashmir:  As Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahamad Bhat and a few others were killed in an encounter in Tral, the Jammu Kashmir government on Saturday suspended internet services. It has been only 24 hours ago that the government lifted its earlier ban.

It is assumed that Bhat is the successor of Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was killed on July 8 last year. His killing led to violent, prolonged protests in the valley.

The protestors clashed with security forces on a number of occasions. The violence and unrest involving civilians led security forces to use pellet guns. The usage of controversial guns led to the death of more than 50 civilians.

Meanwhile, after the encounter of Sabzar Ahamad Bhat, authorities were worried that they have to deal with a repeat of last year’s violence.

Jammu and Kashmir DGP, SP Vaid confirmed the killing of Bhat. He told a news agency that he was among the militants killed in Tral.

Already there were reports that as Bhat’s encounter news came out; protesters started clashing with security personnel.  According to police sources, stone pelting incidents were reported from Pulwama and Anantnag districts.

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