Afzal's death warrant protests continue in J&K
Members of the Kashmir Bar Association boycotted courts and marched on the streets in Srinagar, carrying banners.india Updated: Sep 28, 2006 17:32 IST
Protests continued for the second day on Thursday in Srinagar against the death sentence given to Mohammed Afzal for his role in the terror attack on Parliament in 2001.
Members of the Kashmir Bar Association boycotted courts and marched on the streets in the civil lines area carrying banners in support of Afzal and demanding his release.
The lawyers' march was not interrupted by the local police even though Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code (PIC) is in force in Srinagar, banning assembly of five or more people.
The terrorists belongs to Tarzu village near Sopore in north Kashmir.
On Wednesday, pro-independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) activists had led protests in Srinagar. Police had fired teargas shells and used batons to disperse them.
While the Supreme Court had on August 4 last year upheld a Delhi High Court judgement confirming the death sentence awarded to the terrorist by a trial court, a Delhi lower court judge on Tuesday signed the death warrant directing the Tihar Jail authorities to make arrangements to hang Afzal at 6 am on October 20.
The apex court had said there was clinching evidence against Afzal regarding his nexus with the five terrorists who had attacked Parliament December 13, 2001.
Meanwhile, one person was killed and two cops injured when a paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) guard fired at their Maruti car after they ignored his orders to stop for checking at the Yarnar Bridge on the Pahalgam-Srinagar highway, 67 kms from Srinagar.
"The slain person has been identified as Showkat Ahmad, an employee of the rural development department and the two injured people are local policemen who have been shifted for treatment to the hospital," a police officer said in Srinagar.