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Maqbool Day: Restrictions in parts of Kupwara, Srinagar

Authorities today imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar and Kupwara districts following a strike called by separatists on the death anniversary of JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged inside Delhi’s Tihar Jail on this day in 1984.

Restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC were imposed in seven police station areas of Srinagar and also in Trehgam area of Kupwara in north Kashmira police official said.

Seven police station areas of the city — Khanyar, Kralkhud, Maharajgunj, Maisuma, Nowhata, Rainawari and Safakadal remained under restrictions. Police said the curbs were imposed “as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.”

Separatists Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik had asked people to observe a strike today on Bhat’s death anniversary.

They had also asked the people to march to the office of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) at Sonwar here.

“A complete shutdown will be observed on February 11. Besides this protest shutdown, Kashmiris will march to the UN Observers’ office at Sonwar Srinagar and present a memorandum …demanding the return of mortal remains of Shaheed Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Guru,” they had said in a statement.

While Bhat was hanged inside the Tihar Jail on February 11, 1984, Guru, the Parliament attack convict, was hanged inside the same jail on February 09, 2013.

Meanwhile, normal life was affected in the Valley due to the strike. Shops, private offices, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut while public transport was off the roads in most areas. However private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were seen plying in areas where there were no restrictions.

Meanwhile,Police on Sunday foiled the proposed march of separatists to the UN Military Observer’s Group office at Sonwar here.

While the top separatist leaders – Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq remained under house-arrest and Mohammad Yasin Malik is detained in Srinagar Central jail — scores of second-rung leaders and activists took out a march from JKLF office in Maisuma to submit a memorandum at the UN office to demand mortal remains of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru.

However, a contingent of police stopped them at Budshah Chowk and prevented their march to the UN office by detaining several leaders including Showkat Ahmad Bakshi, Mushtaq Ajmal, Noor Muhammad Kalwal and others.

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