Restrictions in Kashmir to prevent protests on Maqbool Bhat hanging anniversary
Authorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar and some other parts of the Kashmir Valley on Sunday to prevent separatist-called protests to mark the 34th death anniversary of Maqbool Bhat, founder of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).
Bhat was hanged on February 11, 1984, in Tihar Jail.
Besides Srinagar, restrictions were imposed in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district and Sopore town.
Bhat belonged to Kupwara’s Trehgam village.
Senior separatist leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, have been placed under detention to prevent their participation.
Contingents of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in full riot gear have been deployed in the areas where restrictions have been imposed.
Public transport remained off the roads in Srinagar and most of the places in the Valley due to a shutdown called by Joint Resistance Leadership.
Meanwhile, Saima Wani, 18, injured during gunfight in Chaigund village of Shopian district on January 24, succumbed in a Srinagar hospital.
Two militants and a civilian were killed in the gunfight and two girls including Saima were injured.