Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed in response to a call given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Saturday in the Kashmir Valley to mark the sixth death anniversary of Afzal Guru who was hanged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail on this day in 2013.
All the markets and business establishments remained closed in Srinagar and other major cities and towns of the valley. Public transport was also off the roads, however private and some passenger vehicles were seen plying on some routes.
Authorities made heavy deployments of police and paramilitary forces to thwart any law and order situation in sensitive places in Srinagar, Sopore, Baramulla, but no restrictions were imposed on public movement anywhere in the valley.
While calling for the shutdown, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, has reiterated their demand for handing over Afzal Guru’s mortal remains to the family.
Authorities placed Mirwaiz Umer Farooq under house arrest on Friday at his residence on the outskirts of Srinagar.