Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed in Kashmir Valley in response to a call given by the joint resistance leadership (JRL) on the sixth anniversary of Afzal Guru who was hanged secretly in Delhi’s Tihar jail in 2013.
JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Yasin Malik had called for complete shutdown and protests to observe the anniversary and to reiterate the demand for the return of mortal remains of Guru and Maqbool Bhat, JKLF ideologue who was hanged in the same jail in 1984. Both Bhat and Guru are buried inside Tihar jail.
Reports reaching GNS said that shops and other business establishments remained closed in the summer capital of Srinagar while public transport was mostly off the roads.
Reports of the shutdown were also received from other districts of the valley.
Restrictions were imposed in Sopore town and old city of Srinagar and Maisuma to prevent protests, reports said. Contingents of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were deployed in sensitive parts of Kashmir to prevent protests.
Chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continued to remain under house arrest while Malik was detained.