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Separatists issue curtailed protest programme

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, March 31, 2013
First Published: 19:06 IST(31/3/2013) | Last Updated: 19:07 IST(31/3/2013)

The conglomerate of separatists spearheading the protests over return of Afzal Guru's body on Sunday issued a curtailed protest programme asking people to protest on the coming weekend only.

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Mutahida Majilis-e-Mashawrat or joint advisory council of moderates and hardliners urged people to express their dissent peacefully after prayers on coming Friday.

"There should be complete shutdown on Saturday to put across a point to the world Kashmir is still under occupation," a statement issued by the council said.

The fresh programme has reduced protests from six days of the week to just two days and has appealed businesses and schools to continue normal work on Sunday as well.

Kashmir has been restive since February 9 when Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru was executed in the Tihar Jail without even informing his family beforehand. There has been consistent demand of the return of his body to his family which centre has out-rightly rejected.

The tourism industry has lost about 30 days of business to curfews, strikes and protests.

"We reiterate that the formation of this body has been made with only one motive which is the return of mortal remains of Kashmiris in Tihar Jail," the statement said.

The separatists also slammed the state government for being on a witch-hunt against the youth demanding the return of Guru's body. "They have even slapped draconian public safety act on some indicating the state of liberties in the valley," it stated.

At least six civilians have been killed in violence after Guru's execution most of them in security forces action. Hundreds others, including a large number of police and paramilitaries, have been wounded.


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