Restrictions in Srinagar to prevent protests on Afzal Guru death anniversary

Restrictions in Srinagar to prevent protests on Afzal Guru death anniversary

Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat, both, were hanged to death for carrying out terrorist attacks on February 9, 2013 and February 11, 1984, respectively. They said the DFP Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah is now imprisoned in the same infamous Tihar jail for advocating the just cause of martyrs where Shaheed Afzal Guru and Shaheed Maqbool Butt were hanged and buried. Contingents of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in full riot gear have been deployed in the areas where restrictions have been imposed. The Joint Resistance Leadership had called for a strike in protest to reiterate their demand of the return of his mortal remains to his family. Large contingent of police and Para-military troopers were also deployed in nearly all the district headquarters and towns to bar people from protesting.

Ahead of the 5th death anniversary of Afzal Guru, the situation in the Valley remain tense and people have taken to social media to express their views over the hanging of Afzal Guru. Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) organized a function at Sopore at Afzal Guru's ancestral home to exhibit solidarity with the family and to remember him and Shaheed Mohammad Maqbool Bhat on their anniversaries.

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The puppet authorities have put Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, Bilal Siddiqi, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Umar Aadil Dar and Syed Imtiaz Haider under house arrest or in detention to prevent them from participating in the programmes announced in connection with the martyrdom anniversaries of Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt. Reports said that stone-pelting incidents were reported from Chotta Bazar Sopore, Meemandar Shopian, HMT and Braripora Nawakadal area of Srinagar city. Some roads in Sopore have been closed by government forces.

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