SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown was observed in Kashmir on Saturday to mark the sixth death anniversary of Afzal Guru who was hanged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail on this day in 2013.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had given the call for a shutdown while reiterating their demand for handing over remains of Afzal Guru to his family. Afzal Guru was buried inside Tihar Jail.
All shops and business establishments stayed shut in Srinagar and other district headquarters to mark the anniversary.
The government ordered heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces at many places in Srinagar and other districts to prevent public protests.
While Geelani continued to remain under house detention, on Friday evening Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was put under house arrest at his residence in Nigeen.
The authorities also suspended the Baramulla-Banihal train service for the day.
Guru’s native place, Sopore, along with all north Kashmir towns observed a complete shutdown.
A large number of people in the native village of Afzal Guru, Doabgah in Baramulla district, gathered at local mosques and offered special prayers for all the Kashmiri martyrs including Guru.
They also demanded that the Government of India return the mortal remains of Guru to his family.
Across north Kashmir all shops and other business centres including tuition centres, private offices, and petrol pumps remained closed while both public and private transport was off the roads in Baramulla, Sopore, Pattan, Langate, Handwara, Kupwara, Kralpora, Hajin and Bandipora throughout the day.
There was no report of any protest or clashes in north Kashmir areas.