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Kashmir this week: Sabzar Bhat buried amid tight security; Gen Bipin Rawat defends use of human shield
The developments that happened in the Kashmir Valley last week:
Hizbul commander Sabzar Bhat's burial takes place

Sabzar Bhat

(Kashmiri villagers carry body of rebel leader Sabzar Ahmed Bhat during his funeral procession. Photo: AP)

Curfew was clamped in the Kashmir Valley on Sunday to prevent any form of violence as Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat was laid to rest in his village in south Kashmir's Tral. He was buried in his ancestral graveyard in Rustana village.

Hundreds of people arrived to participate in his funeral which was held at midnight. Srinagar was virtually turned into a fortress with the authorities imposing a curfew in the morning to prevent vehicular movement.

In violent clashes between stone pelters and security forces on Saturday, one person was killed and another 40 were injured.

Yasin Malik, the chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) was arrested on Sunday and sent to Srinagar central jail. On Saturday, Malik had visited Bhat's residence to offer his condolences to the killed militant's family.

While restrictions under Section 144 Cr Pc were imposed in Kupwara, Badgam, Ganderbal and Bandipora in north Kashmir, in south Kashmir's districts of Kulgam, Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian, tight security was imposed to ensure that minimum number of people attended Bhat's funeral.

Hundreds of people had arrived from different parts of Kashmir on Saturday to attend the burial of Bhat and Faizan. The self-styled successor of Burhan Wani, Sabzar Ahmed Bhat and his associate Faizan were killed in a gunfight with the security forces on Saturday in Saimoh Village.

General Bipin Rawat says army facing "dirty war" in J&K

Bipin Singh Rawat

Chief of Indian Army, Genera Bipin Rawat, on Sunday, for the first time broke his silence over honouring Major Leetul Gogoi – the officer who had used a Kashmiri man as human shield.

Gen Rawat, while defending his officer for using a human shield, said that the army was facing a "dirty war" in Jammu & Kashmir which had to be fought with "innovation".

He said that the main reason that Major Gogoi was honoured while a court of inquiry was still pending in the incident, was to boost the morale of young army officers, who were operating in one of the most hostile environments known to man in the militancy-hit state.

Gen Rawat said that just like the enemies of India, even the people of the country should be "afraid" of its army. He said that he wished that the protesters would "fire weapons" at them instead of pelting stones, so that the army could retaliate in the way it wanted.

Rawat said, "This is a proxy war, and proxy war is a dirty war. It is played in a dirty way. The rules of engagement are there when the adversary comes face to face and fights with you."

He further said, "People are throwing stones at us; people are throwing petrol bombs at us. If men ask me, 'What do we do?,' should I say, 'Just wait and die, I will come with nice coffin with a national flag and I will send your bodies home with honour?'"

Rajnath Singh: "We have come up with a permanent solution to solve Kashmir"

Rajnath Singh

In another development on Sunday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced that the Modi government had come up with a "permanent solution" of the Kashmir issue, however, ruling out any compromise on the territorial integrity of India.

Singh also brushed aside initiating talks with the separatists, but said that whoever wanted to talk about "development and peace" was welcome.

Singh was quoted by IANS as saying, "We have come up with a permanent solution to solve Kashmir. The initiative has begun. We are moving forward."

However, the minister did not elaborate on what kind of solution his government had come up with on militancy-hit Kashmir, which has seen almost three decades of violent separatist movement.

After Sabzar Bhat, Riyaz Naikoo emerges as the new face of Hizbul Mujahideen

Riyaz Naikoo

According to Kashmiri police officials, tech-savvy Riyaz Naikoo is expected to replace killed militant Sabzar Ahmad Bhat as the new commander of Hizbul Mujahideen in the Kashmir Valley.

Naikoo is one of the oldest surviving militants and could become the new commander to replace Bhat. As per police officials, Naikoo would be preferred over two other militants – Altaf Kachroo and Saddam Paddar – as he better equipped in handling social media for gathering support for militancy in Kashmir.

Hailing from Durbug, Awantipora, Naikoo has been giving security forces a tough time. Placed under the A++ category, he carries a bounty of Rs 12 lakh on his head.

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