Srinagar: Valley observes complete shutdown in response to a call given by the Joint Resistance leadership (JRL) on the 35th hanging anniversary of Maqbool Bhat, founder of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) who was hanged in Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 11, 1984.
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 Maqbool Bhat.
Reports reaching QNS said that shops and other business establishments remained closed in the summer capital of Srinagar while public transport was mostly off the roads, as authorities placed restrictions in Maisuma, old city and district Kupwara, the native village of Bhat. Reports of the shutdown were also received from other districts of the valley.
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.