Third death anniversary of Afzal Guru: Complete shutdown in Valley

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High alert has been sounded in the Valley on the third death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru even as Srinagar has called a for a complete shutdown.

All shops and business establishments remained closed with traffic at the minimal in the state summer capital. The daily chores of the people of the valley were affected owing to the non-availability of public transport.

The shutdown call was given by all separatist groups including Hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Yaseen Malik. The Hurriyat Conference has called a strike on 9 February , and on February 11 to mark the anniversary of execution of JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Butt.

Luckily for them, separatists Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were away in Delhi where the latter met Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit to discuss various issues concerning the Valley.

Several separatist leaders including Yasin Malik and Shabir Ahmad Shah have been detained or put under house arrest to prevent them from leading the rallies. Rival factions of Hurriyat – Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq – are in Delhi while another separatist leader Nayeem Khan left for Mumbai on 9 February.

CRPF DIG (Operations), Srinagar, Sanjeev Dhundia reviewed the security situation and asked officers and jawans to remain vigilant, and to take adequate measures to prevent injuries to force personnel.

Kashmir Mass Movement, a constituent of hardline Hurriyat, staged a protest at Press Colony here. Senior pro-freedom leaders, including Shabir Ahmed Shah and Nayeem Khan were also put under house arrest. Mass Movement chief Fareeda Behanji and other activists were arrested when they took out a procession.

The Srinagar administration has announced restrictions in areas falling under five police stations—Nowhatta, Khanyar, Maharjgunj, Kralkhud, SafaKadal and Maisuma police stations on Tuesday,” said DCP, Srinagar, Farooq Ahmed Lone.