Restrictions in Kashmir on Afzal Guru’s death anniversary
SRINAGAR: Authorities have imposed restrictions in Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir Valley on Friday to prevent separatist-called protests on the fifth death anniversary of Afzal Guru.
Afzal was hanged inside the Tihar Jail in Delhi on February 9, 2013, for his alleged role in the 2001 Parliament attack.
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.
Pertinently, a complete shutdown is being observed in the home town of Afzal Guru while all shops, business establishments remain shut and public transport is also off the roads.
In order to maintain law and order and foil possible anti-government protests, authorities have imposed strong restrictions in some parts of town the security personnel had also sealed entry points towards Afzal Guru’s home village Jageer ghat.