Kashmir shut down

Kashmir shut down

Maqbool's death anniversary observed

Kashmir shut down

Amid curfew-like restrictions in several parts of Srinagar city, the Kashmir Valley observed a complete shutdown on Wednesday to mark the 31st death anniversary of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder, Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged at Tihar Jail in 1984.

Fearing protests and unrest authorities had enforced undeclared curfew in areas falling under six police stations in the old City since morning. All the major entry and exit points to these areas were blocked with rolls of concertina wires to prevent people from assembling at a single place.

JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, who had called for the shutdown, continued to remain under detention for the third consecutive day on Wednesday. The JKLF has been demanding New Delhi handover the mortal remains of the party founder who was buried inside the jail.

Authorities had also imposed strict restrictions in the city center 5 Lal Chowk to thwart protests. Hundreds of police and paramilitary CRPF men in full riot gear were deployed in Maisuma and adjoining areas.

However, reports said, despite restrictions protesters in Maisuma tried to march towards Lal Chowk. However, security forces lobbed several tear gas canisters to disperse the protesters.

In the rest of the valley, normal life was disrupted because of the strike call and restrictions placed by the authorities. Shops and other business establishments remained closed while public transport remained off the road, reports said. However, the skeletal movement of private vehicles was reported from various areas.

A police official told Deccan Herald that “miscreants” resorted to heavy stone pelting on police. Forces have been deployed at Maisuma in Srinagar but the police exercised maximum restraint while dealing with the situation.

Life has remained paralyzed in the Kashmir Valley on third consecutive day on Wednesday due to the strike and restrictions.

While for February 9, separatists had called for shutdown to observe the anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged in Tihar prison in 2013, the strike on February 10 was observed against the killing of a teenager in security forces firing in the Baramulla district of north Kashmir.

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