Indian-controlled Kashmir has erupted after the death of Burhan Wani, the region’s most wanted militant and chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir’s largest rebel group. Wani was killed on July 8 in fighting with Indian troops near Kokernag.
Wani, 22, had become the iconic face of militancy in Kashmir over the last five years. He was a household name and his video clips and pictures were widely circulated among young people in Kashmir. Many thousands attended his funeral in his native village of Tral on July 9, despite restrictions and a curfew.
After the killing of the new-age militant poster boy, Kashmir exploded. At least 40 people, including a young girl, have been killed and more than 2,000 injured by the Indian paramilitary forces since July 9.
Kashmir is now under a complete lockdown, with a curfew in place across the entire region. Authorities have blocked internet access in some places; mobile and mobile internet services remain intermittently suspended.
The following are images of Wani’s funeral procession in his home village of Tral, on Saturday, July 9, 2016.