Kupwara: Despite restrictions and curbs imposed by the government, several people reached Mohla Maqbool Abad (old name Mir Mohla) in Trehgam, Kupwara, on the occasion of Maqbool Bhat’s death anniversary on Sunday. The people expressed their support to Maqbool’s aged mother and his brother Zahoor Ahmad Bhat at their residence.
Mohammad Maqbool Bhat was hanged and buried inside Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 11, 1984.
Local people of Trehgam said that all roads and paths towards Maqbool’s house were sealed by teams of army, police and CRPF and there was a curfew-like situation in the area. Journalists were not allowed to go to the home of Maqbool. They were stopped at Kupwara market and not allowed to go further.
While talking to Kashmir Reader, the younger brother of Bhat, Zahoor Ahmad, said that even though government forces did not let people reach their home, some relatives and friends including a group from JKLF reached and stayed at their home, He said that people also held a protest march in the locality, demanding that the Indian government return the mortal remains of his brother and to resolve the Kashmir dispute as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, following the strike call givin by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a complete shutdown was observed in Baramulla, Sopore, Pattan, Tangmarg, Sangrama, Rafiabad, Narvaw, Langate, Handwara, Kupwara, Kralpora, Lolab, Hyhama, and Trehgam. All shops and business establishments, tuition centres, petrol pumps, private offices remained closed while public transport was completely off the roads.
To avoid any protest or clash, hundreds of teams of police, CRPF, and army were deployed on the major roads and markets of north Kashmir on Sunday, while dozens of mobile check points were installed on roads by government troops. All roads towards Trehgam were sealed with concertina wire and even pedestrians were not allowed to cross them.