February 2016 News

Dozens Detained, Life Paralyzed By Strike In Kashmir

11 February 2016
Associated Press

Srinagar: Authorities detained dozens of Kashmiri activists and placed separatist leaders under house arrest on Thursday to prevent them from holding protests to mark the anniversary of separatist leader Mohammed Maqbool Butt's hanging more than three decades ago. Shops and businesses remained shut and a curfew was in effect in some areas of Srinagar after a strike was called by separatists. Most people stayed indoors while hundreds of armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolled largely deserted streets blocked by razor wire and barricades. Government forces 'came in the morning and ordered us to stay indoors,' resident Reyaz Ahmed said. Mohammed Maqbool Butt was hanged in a New Delhi jail in 1984 after being convicted of killing an Indian intelligence officer. A similar strike and government shutdown had closed Srinagar and other Kashmir towns on Tuesday as activists protested the execution of Mohammed Afzal Guru, three years ago for a 2001 attack on India's Parliament that killed 14 people, including five gunmen. Most Kashmiris believe he was not given a fair trial. Separatists also demand that the two men's remains, buried within the New Delhi jail compound, be returned to Kashmir for proper burial.