Shutdown in IOK on martyrdom anniversary of Maqbool Butt

Srinagar, February 11, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, complete strike is being observed, today, to mark the anniversary of the hanging of prominent martyred liberation leader, Muhammad Maqbool Butt. Call for the strike has been given by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and other Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to press the demand for transfer of his mortal remains to occupied Kashmir.

All shops and business establishments in Srinagar and other major towns are closed while traffic is off the road. Muhammad Maqbool Butt was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail on this day in 1984 and was buried in the premises of the prison. The occupation authorities have imposed restrictions in Srinagar and deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength across the territory to prevent people from staging anti-India demonstrations.

The authorities have also detained over 60 pro-freedom leaders and activists in jails or put them under house arrest to stop them from participating in the protests. They include Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Zafar Akbar Butt, Hilal Ahmad War, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Mushtaq Ajmal, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Muhammad Ashraf Bin Salam, Bashir Ahmad Rather, Gulzar Ahmad Pehalwan, Ghulam Mohammad Dar, Mohammad Azeem Zargar, Mushtaq Ahmad Wani, Imtiyaz Ahmad Ganai, Molvi Abdul Rasheed, Basharat Bashir, Nazir Ahmad Rather, Gulzar Ahmad, Shahid Hussain Parrey, Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Mohammad Aiyaz Akbar, Muhammad Yasin Atai, Imtiyaz Haider and Bashir Ahmad Butt.

Indian police arrested the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party activist, Abdul Wahid, from Kachloo in Handwara, booked him under black law Public Safety Act and shifted him to Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu. Meanwhile, the authorities stopped people and several Hurriyet leaders, today, who were on the way to attend a function in Trehgam – the native area of Muhammad Maqbool Butt – to pay tributes to him.

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