Following strong objection by India, The Birmingham City Council has withdrawn permission for the ‘Burhan Wani Day’ rally to mark the first anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani.
UK-based Kashmiri groups had scheduled the rally outside the Council House on July 8. Following the news, the Indian High Commission in London had written to UK Foreign Office informing them about Wani’s crimes and propagation of violence in the Kashmir Valley.
“We took a booking for a peaceful rally highlighting the human rights abuse in Kashmir. However, we are now aware of concerns raised about the promotional leaflet and, having assessed the material, have not given permission for the use of Victoria Square,” Birmingham City Council spokesperson told news agency PTI.
Wani was killed in an encounter with Indian security forces in July last year. His death had triggered widespread violence in the Valley in which seventy six people were killed besides two police personnel .