Maqbool Bhat’s hanging: Valley shuts over JRL call, restrictions in old city
Complete shutdown is being observed across Kashmir on Monday to commemorate the 35th death anniversary of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged and buried in Delhi’s Tihar Jail on this day in 1984.
Joint Resistance Leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had called for a shutdown.
They called for a complete shutdown on February 9 and 11 on the “martyrdom” anniversaries of JKLF founder Muhammad Maqbool Butt and parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru.
The leadership said that a protest demonstration will be held in Lal Chowk Srinagar on Saturday to demand the mortal remains of Bhat ad Guru. A memorandum will also be dispatched to UN secretary general.
To prevent pro-freedom protests, authorities imposed stringent restrictions on the movement of people in old Srinagar and Maisuma area.
The roads wore a deserted look while only a few private vehicles were spotted plying.
Authorities deployed heavy contingents of police and paramilitary CRPF men on the streets of Srinagar and other districts.
Rolls of concertina wires were placed on main roads to thwart any major protest.
“Indian not only hanged these Kashmiris at gallows but also has kept their mortal remains under its custody till now. The struggle, passion for freedom and sacrifices of these great Kashmiris will always remain a beacon light for Kashmiri Nation,” JRL said in a statement.