Kashmir on strike to mark Guru's hanging 2 years ago

  • The Associated Press, Srinagar
  • Updated: Feb 09, 2015 14:16 IST

Hundreds of armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolled Kashmir on Monday where separatists called a strike to protest the secret execution two years ago of a former Kashmiri militant Mohammed Afzal Guru.

Streets in the main city of Srinagar were near deserted as shops and offices stayed closed to mark the anniversary of the execution.

Authorities imposed a curfew in parts of Srinagar and detained at least 100 separatists to prevent violent protests.

Kashmiris were incensed when Mohammed Afzal Guru was hanged secretly on February 9, 2013, in Tihar Jail. Many in this mostly Muslim region believe Guru was not given a fair trial on charges of involvement in a 2001 attack on Parliament that killed 14 people, including five gunmen.

Separatists have called for another strike on Wednesday to mark the 1984 hanging of pro-independence leader Mohammed Maqbool Butt in the same jail after he was convicted of killing an intelligence officer.

The separatists have demand both Guru's and Butt's remains be returned to the region for burial. Currently, their bodies are within the Tihar Jail compound.

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