Srinagar, Feb 9: Life in entire Kashmir remained out of gear following the shutdown call given by separatists on the third death anniversary of Afzal Guru and restrictions imposed by the authorities in parts of Srinagar city to thwart protests.
All shops and other business establishments remained closed in capital Srinagar and other parts of the valley while public transport remained off the roads. Attendance in government offices, banks and other officies also remained thin while the authorities suspended the rail services between Baramulla and Banihal towns.
Curfew-like restrictions have been clamped in areas falling under jurisdictions of Rainawari, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Safakadal and Kralkhud police stations in Srinagar city.
Heavy deployment of police and paramilitary central reserve police force (CRPF) troopers in full riot gear has been made across the cities and towns of the Valley to prevent protests. Separatists have called for a complete shutdown to protest the “judicial killing” of Guru and to demand his mortal remains. Guru was secretly executed and buried inside New Delhi’s Tihar jail on this day in 2013 after Supreme Court called for his hanging “to satisfy collective conscience of nation” over the attack on the Parliament.
Activists have criticised the SC ruling, saying that Guru’s role couldn’t be established in the attack. Authorities on Monday arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik from Abi Guzar area of Srinagar and later, he was remanded to seven-day judicial custody.