Kashmir resumes life, Separatists freed

KL Report

SRINAGAR

After three days of complete shut down and strict official restrictions, normal life resumed in Kashmir Wednesday morning while as most of the separatist leaders were set free on Tuesday evening except Hurriyat (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani.

Sources said that Hurriyat (JK) leaders Shabir Shah, Nayeem Khan, Mustaq-ul-Islam and other were set free yesterday late evening.

Shops, business establishments and public transport resumed its work early Wednesday.

Pertinently, separatist leadership of Kashmir had called for three days strike to commemorate death anniversaries of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat.

Afzal was hanged to death last year on February 9 while Maqbool was hanged in 1984 on February 11.

Since last Sunday, people of Kashmir remained indoors while state officials had put strict restrictions in place to “maintain calm”. Though no major untoward incident was reported but people from many areas held protest demonstrations to press for the return of the mortal remains of the duo.

The authorities had placed all separatists under detention while Syed Geelani was placed under house arrest soon he reached Srinagar Airport last Friday. JKLF chief who had gone hiding tried to take out a rally on February 9 but was soon arrested.

Forces had to use force at many places to stop people from protesting on the call of separatist.

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