Kashmir on high alert ahead of Afzal Guru's 5th death anniversary

APHC condemns imposition of restrictions in downtown Srinagar

APHC condemns imposition of restrictions in downtown Srinagar

"I miss you dad".

Security in Jammu and Kashmir has been beefed up amid the possibility of a strike by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) on the death anniversaries of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder Maqbool Bhat.

Authorities have imposed restrictions in some parts of Sopore, the native town of Afzal and Srinagar, to prevent protests.

A complete shutdown is being observed in the Muslim majority areas in response to strike call from separatist groups.

People from adjacent villages though paid condolences early morning.


It has also given a call for complete shutdown on Sunday (February 11) on the martyrdom anniversary of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and a march towards the United Nations observers' office at Sonwar in Srinagar to present a memorandum for the UN Secretary General demanding the return of mortal remains of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru.

"Restrictions have been imposed in some places to maintain law and order", a senior police official said.

Shafat Hussain, Rising Kashmir's south Kashmir correspondent, informed the Newsroom that all shops, business establishments remain shut while public transport is off the roads. According to reports, the Hurriyat leaders will be taking out protest after the Friday prayers to demand the return of mortal remains of Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt from Tihar Jail to their home in Kashmir.

Train services between north Kashmir's Baramulla town and Bannihal town in the Jammu region have been suspended as a precautionary measure. They said the DFP Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah is now imprisoned in the same infamous Tihar jail for advocating the just cause of martyrs where Shaheed Afzal Guru and Shaheed Maqbool Butt were hanged and buried.

Afzal is survived by lone child Ghalib Guru and wife Tabassum Guru.

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