Published at February 11, 2017 03:06:15 0Comment(s) 121 views
Kashmir shuts to remember Maqbool Bhat
Mir Liyaqat Ali
Srinagar, Feb 11:
Kashmir observed shutdown on 33rd death anniversary of JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged on this day in 1984 in Delhi’s Tihar jail, while restrictions remained in force for 3rd consecutive day in parts of Srinagar on Saturday to foil anti-India protests.
All shops, business establishments and petrol pumps remained closed in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley while public transport was off the roads. However, private vehicles and two-wheelers and three-wheelers were plying on the roads.
Authorities also imposed curfew-like restrictions in parts of Srinagar to foil anti-India protests.
Heavy deployments of police and paramilitary CRPF was made in parts of Srinagar and in other district headquarters in wake of the joint separatists’ shutdown and protest call to remember Bhat on his anniversary.
A police official said restrictions on assembly of people continued in downtown areas along with Maisuma police station area in uptown Srinagar.
He said the restrictions continued in these areas for the third consecutive day today to maintain law and order in view of the strike called by the separatists.
The restrictions were also imposed in Lal Chowk, Shaheed Gunj and some areas of north Kashmir’s Kupwara and Baramulla districts. The cops had placed barricades and concertina wires on the road to restrict movement of people.
The separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik had called for shutdown today to protest against the hanging of Maqbool Bhat.
Bhat was hanged and buried in Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 11, 1984.
The top separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and Nayeem Khan continued to be under house detention. JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik is lodged in Central Jail, Srinagar.
Police this afternoon lifted a siege around Mirwaiz’s Nageen residence to allow him to visit a private city hospital where his wife Sheeba Masoodi gave birth to a baby boy in the morning.
Meanwhile, in Bhat’s native village Trehgam in border district of Kupwara, people took to roads to protest against his hanging and demand his mortal remains.
The activists of separatist parties also participated in the protest and asked Government of India to hand over mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru to their family members for proper burial.
Guru was also hanged and buried in Tihar jail on February 9, 2013. Meanwhile, clashes erupted between youth and force personnel in Palhallan, Pattan after forces used tear gas canisters to disperse the youth who were trying to march towards the highway. The clashes continued for some time.