Kupwara: All roads leading to the native village of Maqbool Bhat have been sealed by government forces ahead of his death anniversary that falls on Sunday. Teams of police, CRPF and army are deployed on all the major roads near Trehgam village and across north Kashmir. Locals said that dozens of check points have been installed on Baramulla-Kupwara, Handwara-Kupwara, Kupwara-Trehgam and Kupwara-Sopore roads. The forces personnel are not allowing anyone to go towards Trehgam.
Local sources in Trehgam said that people have decorated the house of Maqbool Bhat, the founder of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) who was imprisoned and then hanged inside Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 11, 1987. Local people have also coloured the roads and paths of Mir Mohla, the locality where Bhat’s house is. Women of the area have been reaching the home of Bhat to be with his mother.
Mohammad Maqbool Bhat was the first Kashmiri to be hanged by the government of India. Since that time, people and the family of Bhat have been demanding his mortal remains, which lie buried inside Tihar Jail.