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Afzal Anniversary: Curfew in Kashmir

Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in Srinagar and some other parts of Kashmir on Sunday to prevent protests marking the first anniversary of the hanging of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru.

Published: 10th February 2014 07:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th February 2014 07:28 AM   |  A+A-

Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in Srinagar and some other parts of Kashmir on Sunday to prevent protests marking the first anniversary of the hanging of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru.

Police and CRPF personnel placed barricades, concertina wires and armoured vehicles on roads in volatile downtown Srinagar.

The tough restrictions hit the functioning of major hospitals as doctors, paramedics and other staff couldn’t reach work.

The curfew was imposed as a precautionary measure as Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Geelani had called for a three-day shutdown beginning Sunday to protest the hanging of Afzal and JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and press for the return of their mortal remains. 

Other separatist groups had called for protests while the JKLF had planned to take out a protest rally to Lal Chowk.

After being found guilty in the Parliament attack case by the Supreme Court, Afzal was hanged and buried at New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013. Authorities had to impose curfew for 10 days in the Valley to maintain law and order after his hanging.

Bhat was hanged and buried at the same jail on February 11, 1984.

The curfew was also imposed in Afzal’s home town of Sopore in north Kashmir.  “Curfew remained in force in some parts of Baramulla and other major towns of the Valley. Curfew was imposed as a precautionary measure to prevent loss of lives due to protests and the strike called by the separatist leaders,” a police officer said.

He said in the areas, where curfew was not imposed, restrictions under Section 144 remained in force. “More than four persons were not allowed to assemble at a single place”. Internet services on mobile phones were suspended for some time.

Despite the imposition of curfew, incidents of stone-pelting were reported from some areas  such as Hadipora and Sopore.

“Stone-pelting was also reported from Naidkhai Sumbal, Papchan, main Chowk Bandipora in North Kashmir.



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