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Restrictions, shutdown continues in Kashmir

india Updated: Feb 11, 2014 14:40 IST
HT Correspondent

The authorities continued with curfew-like restrictions in Kashmir valley for third consecutive day on Tuesday, as separatists have called for a three-day shutdown to commemorate death anniversaries of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat.

Life remained paralysed for third consecutive day here as security forces restricted movement of people and vehicles.

Barricades of concertina wires were erected across the city to restrict movement of people.

The restrictions are aimed at foiling any attempt by the separatists to carry out rallies or protests on the death anniversary of Bhat, who was hanged on February 11, 1984.

Kashmir's divisional commissioner Shailendra Kumar said Section 144, which bars assembly of more than four people, will remain in force till February 11 evening.

Inspector general of police Abdul Ghani Mir was quoted by local newspapers confirming arrest of around hundred people, including leaders and supporters of separatists. "Among the detained, noone is a juvenile. All persons were detained under Section 107 and 151," said Mir.

Entire separatists leadership --- which include hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani, moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, leaders of breakaway faction of Hurriyat and JKLF chief Yasin Malik, all are either placed under house arrest or taken into preventive custody.

Despite clampdown, there were reports of stone pelting in the city on Monday evening and the security forces used mild force to contain the situation. No major violent incident was reported in the past three days as uneasy calm prevails in the backdrop of these anniversaries.

The separatists are demanding return of the mortal remains of Guru and Bhat. Both were buried inside Tihar Jail in Delhi subsequent to their executions. Geelani had called for a three-day shutdown starting February 9, the day Guru was hanged, till February 11, the day Bhat was executed.

The shutdown has crippled life in all major districts in north and south Kashmir. People preferred to stay indoors and there was thin movement of traffic on the roads.

These executions have sparked protests in Kashmir valley in the past. Last year, Guru's execution triggered two-month long street protests in the Valley.