SHUTDOWN AFFECTS LIFE ON GURU’S DEATH ANNIVERSARY

Normal life was affected in Kashmir due to a shutdown on the seventh death anniversary of Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged in Tihar Jail for parliament attack case.
Shops and other business establishments mostly remained closed. Public transport was also mostly off the roads. However, private transport was plying on roads.

Security arrangements were tightened across Valley as a precautionary measure. Security and police personnel were deployed in strength at sensitive places. They had set up additional check points, where the vehicles were being stopped searched and the occupants frisked and their identity cards checked.
The Sunday Market, which functions on every Sunday also did not operate today. There were no vendors and customers in Sunday Market.

There were no restrictions anywhere on the movement of people and vehicles by the authorities. Because of the strike, the usual hustle bustle in markets and roads was missing.
Various separatist groups had called for the strike today.

Police yesterday lodged an FIR against the banned JKLF for calling a strike on Afzal Guru’s death anniversary. Two journalists were summoned by police for reporting the JKLF press release, which had called for strike on Sunday and Tuesday — the death anniversary of the outfit founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat. They were let off after five hours of questioning.