Occupied Kashmir shuts down to mark Guru's martyrdom anniversary

Occupied Kashmir shuts down to mark Guru's martyrdom anniversary

Occupied Kashmir shuts down to mark Guru's martyrdom anniversary

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) - Authorities Friday imposed restrictions in several areas of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir and other towns to prevent protest demonstrations and clashes on the fifth death anniversary of Indian parliament-attack convict Mohammed Afzal Guru, officials said.

Afzal, a resident of Sopore, was hanged and later buried in Delhi's Tihar jail on this day in 2013, evoking massive protests across the Kashmir valley. Malik has been lodged in Srinagar Central Jail while Geelani and Mirwaiz are under house arrest. Large contingent of police and Para-military troopers were also deployed in nearly all the district headquarters and towns to bar people from protesting. Strict restrictions were imposed in Sopore while the roads leading to Afzal Guroo's native village were sealed.

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It has also given a call for complete shutdown on Sunday (February 11) on the martyrdom anniversary of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and a march towards the United Nations observers' office at Sonwar in Srinagar to present a memorandum for the UN Secretary General demanding the return of mortal remains of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru.

Earlier on Tuesday, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested ahead of the death anniversaries of Guru and Bhat. However, despite restrictions, a large number of people visited the family of Guroo.

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The JRL called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers to press their demand for the return of Guru's mortal remains, as well as those of Kashmiri separatist Muhammad Maqbool Butt, from Delhi's Tihar jail to give them a burial in IHK.

Police collected a cell phone and a laptop from Afzal Guru and many fake home ministry passes and identity cards which had been used by the terrorists to check out the internal activities of the Parliament before attacking it.

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