Protest Shutdown On Afzal Guru’s Death Anniversary Affects Life In Kashmir

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Senior CRPF officers petrolling a downtown street during restrictions imposed by authorties as separatist groups have called for a general strike against Afzal Guru’s hanging in Srinagar. Separatists are pressing for the handing over to the family the remains of Afzal Guru who was buried in Tihar, Jail Delhi. — PTI

The protest was called to observe his death anniversary and to reiterate the family’s demand for his mortal remains.

SRINAGAR (IANS) — Normal life was affected across the Kashmir Valley on Friday during a shutdown called by separatists to mark the fifth anniversary of the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Markets, public transport and businesses remained shut in Srinagar and all other major towns in the Valley. Few private vehicles plied on the roads.

Due to non-availability of public transport, attendance in banks and government offices was thin.

The separatists called for a shutdown to denounce Afzal Guru’ s hanging in Delhi’s Tihar Jail and to reiterate the demand for the return of his mortal remains to the family.

Afzal was hanged on February 9, 2013 for his role in the 2001 Parliament attack. He was buried inside the jail premises.

Authorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir Valley on Friday to prevent separatist-called protests.

The protest was called to observe his death anniversary and to reiterate the family’s demand for his mortal remains.

According to the police, the restrictions were imposed in old city areas of Srinagar, the uptown area of Maisuma and in some north and south Kashmir areas.

Senior separatist leaders, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq continue to remain under house arrest while Muhammad Yasin Malik has been lodged in the Central Jail.

Muzaffarabad-based umbrella of militant groups called the United Jihad Council (UJC) headed by Syed Sallauddin has supported the protest shutdown.

Contingents of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in full riot gear have been deployed in the restriction imposed areas.

Train services between north Kashmir’s Baramulla town and Bannihal town in the Jammu region have been suspended as a precautionary measure.

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