Occupied Kashmir shuts down to mark Guru's martyrdom anniversary

Why is J&K on high alert

Why is J&K on high alert

The normal life in Kashmir valley was affected on Friday due to the strike call given by Joint Resistance Leadership to commemorate the fifth death anniversary of parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru. Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat, both, were hanged to death for carrying out terrorist attacks on February 9, 2013 and February 11, 1984, respectively. 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.

Shafat Hussain, Rising Kashmir's south Kashmir correspondent, informed the Newsroom that all shops, business establishments remain shut while public transport is off the roads.

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front activists headed by Noor Muhammad Kalwal staged a protest in Abi Guzar Srinagar.

Authorities on Friday had imposed restrictions in Sopore to prevent any assembly and law and order problem on the 5th death anniversary of Guru. The protesters while raising anti-India slogans demanded the mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Muhammad Afzal Guru back to Valley. A small sliver of Kashmir is also held by China.

In a statement, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said, "A human was secretly put to gallows on petty pretext of satisfying the collective conscience of people, without giving him a last chance to meet his family and handing over his corpse to them for last rites".

While despite strict restrictions in town with all entry and exit points were sealed by forces, clashes rocked post Friday congregational prayers in old area of town when group of youth pelted stones on deployed forces who in turn retaliated by lobbing tear gas shells to disperse them. Some roads in Sopore have been closed by government forces.

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