Afzal Guruís First Death Anniversary Today

Afzal Guruís First Death Anniversary Today

8 February 2014
Kashmir Times


Srinagar: On the first death anniversary of Mohammad Afzal Guru tomorrow, undeclared curfew is likely to be imposed in most parts of Srinagar city. The three day long general strike against the hanging of Guru and JKLF founder chairman, Mohammad Maqbool Butt, will also begin tomorrow. Almost all senior separatist leaders have been arrested or placed under house arrest. Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), was today arrested at the airport here after his return from New Delhi. He was later placed under house arrest. JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who has announced to lead a protest march at Lal Chowk tomorrow, has gone underground. Other senior leaders including Shabir Ahmad Shah continue to be in police custody after their arrest here three days back. Reports said police and para-military forces have launched a crackdown against separatists and youth across the Valley. Hundreds of arrests have been made. Police said the arrests were made as a precautionary measure to ensure peace during the next three days. Elaborate security arrangements have been made by the state government to deal with the situation. Reports said undeclared curfew will be imposed in old city of Srinagar and some other parts of the civil lines areas. Restrictions will be imposed on the movement of people and vehicles. Hundreds of police and paramilitary forces personnel will be deployed in the areas during the wee hours of tomorrow morning. According to reports, restrictions will be also imposed in some major towns of the Valley. It may be recalled here that Mohammad Afzal Guru was hanged on February 9 last year after president Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition in Parliament attack case. His body was buried in the jail premises. The state government had imposed curfew in Kashmir hours before the hanging and it continued for days together. During the curfew the publication of newspapers was stopped and movement of media persons disallowed. Even the internet services were suspended. A number of media persons were beaten and detained. After the lifting of curfew, the separatists called for strike against the hanging of Guru and in support of the demand for return of his mortal remains. The separatists and people from other walks of life had described Guruís hanging illegal and murder of humanity. They alleged that Guru was booked in false case and then not given any chance to plead his case. Chief minister Omar Abdullah had said he was informed by the union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde about the hanging hours before it was carried. Butt was hanged on February 11, 1984 in Tihar Jail and his body was also buried in the jail premises. Mohammad Yasin Malik today announced that despite the curfew he would lead the protest march to Lal Chowk. In a statement, he strongly condemned the crackdown against separatists.