Kashmir valley shuts down to remember Maqbool Bhat

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Maqbool Bhat

Srinagar: A complete shutdown is being observed in Kashmir valley on Monday  to commemorate the 35th death anniversary of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged and buried in Delhi’s Tihar Jail on this day in 1984.

All the shops, business establishments and educational institutions across the valley are shut while only private traffic is plying on the roads, reports said.

Meanwhile, to prevent pro-freedom protests, authorities imposed stringent restrictions on the movement of people in old Srinagar and Maisuma area.

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Authorities have deployed heavy contingents of police and paramilitary CRPF men on the streets of Srinagar and other districts.

Rolls of concertina wires were placed on main roads to thwart any major protest.

The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had called for a shutdown

JRL  had  said that a protest demonstration would be held in Lal Chowk Srinagar on Saturday to demand the mortal remains of Bhat ad Guru. A memorandum will also be dispatched to UN secretary general.

They  had called for a complete shutdown on February 9 and 11 on the “martyrdom” anniversaries of JKLF founder Muhammad Maqbool Butt and parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru.

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