Violent protests broke out in several towns of Kashmir Valley on Saturday in after security forces gunned down Hizbul Mujahideen militant Sabzar Ahmad Bhat in an encounter in Tral region. Bhat, who had succeeded Burhan Wani, was killed along with another militant early morning.
Soon after the killings, stone-pelting protests started at around 50 places, including Tral in Pulwama and Khanabal in Anantnag in south Kashmir, the police said.
A person in Mattan area in the district was injured during clashes with security forces, they said. The situation across the Valley is tense. Unnerved people rushed to their homes, leading to traffic snarls on certain routes. The schools closed three hours early.
Earlier, security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Soimoh village of Tral, 36 kms from Srinagar, following information about presence of some top Hizbul Mujahideen militants in the area, a police official said.
The government also suspended mobile internet services as a precautionary measure to check rumour-mongering following protests at various places. However, BSNL broadband service was functioning normally.
The move came hours after the government lifted a month-long ban on 22 social networking websites and apps in the Valley.
He said the operation was launched after militants opened firing on an army patrol in Tral on Friday night.
The official said as the security forces were closing on the building where the militants were hiding, the ultras opened fire.
Stone pelting incidents have been reported in some parts of south Kashmir including Tral in Pulwama and Khanabal in Anamtnag district, the official said.
He said the law enforcing agencies are on the job to chase away the protestors. Burhan Wani was killed on July 8 last year in south Kashmir. His killing had sparked violence in the Kashmir Valley for months.