A complete shutdown observed across the Kashmir valley on Tuesday to mark third death anniversary of the Indian parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
All shops, business establishments remained closed with traffic at the minimal in the major cities of Kashmir including Srinagar—the state’s summer capital. The daily chores of the people of the valley were affected owing to the non-availability of public transport.
The authorities beefed up security across Kashmir Valley and detained or put under house arrest several separatist leaders including Yasin Malik and Shabir Ahmad Shah ahead of the time.
Both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and other separatist groups have called for a complete shutdown and peaceful protests on February 9 and February 11 – the hanging anniversaries of Guru and JKLF founder Muhammad Maqbool Butt, respectively. They urged people to seek the return of the mortal remains of Guru and Butt.
Afzal Guru, the December 2001 Parliament attack convict, was secretly hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail three years ago, while Butt was executed on Feb.11, 1984, the same way.