Shutdown, curbs mark Guru’s martyrdom anniversary today

Srinagar, February 09, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed, today, to mark the third martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri martyr, Muhammad Afzal Guru. Call for the strike has been given by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference (G) Chairman, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and other Hurriyet leaders and organizations.

They have also called for peaceful demonstrations to demand the mortal remains of the martyred liberation leaders, Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt, who remain buried in New Delhi’s Tihar jail. All shops and business establishments are closed while traffic is off the road. On the other hand, the authorities have imposed undeclared curfew in many areas of Srinagar and strict restrictions in other towns, deploying Indian troops and police personnel in strength, to prevent people from staging anti-India demonstrations.

The authorities have also detained or put under house arrest most of pro-freedom leaders to stop them from holding protests against the unjustified hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt. The police on Monday raided the office of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front in Srinagar and arrested its Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, along with three party leaders.

They have been lodged in Srinagar Central Jail. The police have also detained Hurriyet leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Zafar Akbar Butt, Firdous Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Hilal Ahmad War, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Farida Behanji, human rights defender Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Khwaja Firdous and Yawar Ahmad in their residences or police stations to prevent them from leading the demonstrations.

Police also raided the house of Hurriyet leader Mohammad Yousuf Naqash to arrest him but he was not at his home. Senior superintendent of Police Srinagar, Amit Kumar, admitted that police had taken some Hurriyet leaders into custody. The police have arrested around 60 Hurriyet activists from Baramulla, Kupwara and Sopore districts. The police personnel are also conducting raids on the houses of Hurriyet activists in Islamabad, Pulwama and Kulgam districts.

Muhammad Afzal Guru was executed in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on the 9th February, 2013, while Muhammad Maqbool Butt was hanged in the same jail on the 11th February in 1984. Both the leaders remain buried in the premises of the jail and India has not handed over their bodies to their families.

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