Srinagar: On the third death anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged after being convicted in the Parliament attack case, the J&K government has decided to impose ‘restrictions’, a euphemism for curfew, in dozens of areas that fall in the jurisdiction of six police stations of Srinagar city, on Tuesday.
The six police stations are Nowhatta, Khanyar, Maharjgunj, Rainawari, Safakadal and Maisuma areas of the city.
All pro-freedom groups have called for a Valley-wide shutdown to mark Guru’s death anniversary.
Chairman JKLF Muhammad Yasin Malik and several of his colleagues were detained during a protest march, in which the protesters were demanding that mortal remains of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru should be returned to their families.
Afzal and Bhat were buried in Tihar Jail after hanging.
Before his detention, Malik told reporters that the police have started repressive measures against JKLF ahead of Maqbool Bhat Day (11 February) and martyrdom day of Muhammad Afzal Guru (9 February).
“This is yet another glaring example of suppression unleashed by India and its stooges in Kashmir who have been suppressing the voices of Kashmiris through military might,” he said.
“Kashmiris have been demanding mortal remains of these great martyrs and will never stop their protest against the manner in which they were hanged,” he said.
He said “jail is our second home” and arrests, restrictions and other oppressive measures “cannot deter us from seeking and demanding the mortal remains of our martyrs”.
Malik said the government forces have “unleashed a reign of terror against Kashmiri youth in the past six months”.
“These youth are being humiliated in police stations and tortured brutally. This state sponsored terrorism will yield India nothing but shame,” he added.