Kashmir Observes Guru’s Second Anniversary

KL Report

SRINAGAR

All the frontline separatist leaders were detained or put under house arrest and restrictions have been put in place in Srinagar on the second anniversary of execution of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru on Monday.

Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Khanyar, Rainawari and Nowhatta police station areas in the old city and Maisuma police station areas.

Sources said that restrictions under Section 144 CrPC have been imposed in these areas for “maintaining law and order”.

JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was taken into custody from his Maisuma residence last evening and lodged at Kothibagh police station.

However, Malik was shifted to Central Jail later.

Hurriyat (JK) leaders Shabir Ahmad Shah and Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Hurriyat (G) leaders, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and Ayaz Akbar were among those put under house arrest to prevent them from staging any protests.

Paramilitary CRPF have been deployed in large numbers while many lanes and bylanes have been sealed by concertina wires in the old city areas.

Meanwhile, all shops and business establishments are closed in response to a strike call of the separatist leaders.

Guru was hanged on February 9, 2013 inside Tihar Jail in Delhi, and later on buried in the jail premises.

Meanwhile, independent lawmaker, Er Rashid’s supporters held a demonstration in the Press Enclave and demanded the return of Guru’s remains.

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