Date 8 July 2016 – present
Location Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Kashmir, India
- Killing of Burhan Wani
- Persistent militarisation of Kashmir
- Human rights abuses
- Reaction to Hindu nationalism
- Shrinking political space
- Demilitarization of valley
- Repeal of AFSPA and Public Safety Act
- Independence/autonomy/self-determination for Kashmir
- Mob violence
- General strikes
The 2016 unrest in Kashmir, also known as the Burhan aftermath, refers to a series of violent protests in the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley in the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir. It started with the killing of Burhan Wani, a militant commander of the Kashmir-based Hizbul Mujahideen, by Indian security forces on 8 July 2016. After his killing, anti-Indian protests started in all 10 districts of the Kashmir Valley. Protesters defied curfew with attacks on security forces and public properties.
Curfew was imposed in all 10 districts of the valley on 15 July and mobile services were suspended by the government. Kashmir valley remained under 53 days of consecutive curfew which was lifted from all areas on 31 August, however was reimposed in some areas the next day. Jammu and Kashmir Police and Indian paramilitary forces used pellet guns, tear gas shells, rubber bullets, as well as assault rifles, resulting in the deaths of more than 85 civilians, with over 13,000 civilians injured. Two security personnel also died while over 4,000 personnel were injured in the riots.
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