Bhat dying anniversary: Amid protest calls, separatists detained in Kashmir

Police foil JKLF march to UNMOGIP office in Srinagar

Police foil JKLF march to UNMOGIP office in Srinagar

Authorities imposed restrictions under section 144 CrPc in the areas falling under police stations including Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safakadal, MR Gunj in downtown and Maisuma and Kralkhud in the uptown area of Srinagar. Shops and business establishments remained shut while traffic also remained off the roads.

Bhat was hanged on February 11, 1984, in Tihar Jail. However, few private vehicles, particularly two-wheelers, could be seen plying on some routes in the city.

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising of both the factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF, had called for a strike on Sunday on the death anniversary of Bhat, who was hanged and later buried in Delhi's Tihar jail on this day in 1984.They had also urged people to march to United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) office in Sonwar to present a memorandum to the UN Secretary General. A local resident of downtown said that a very thin movement of the public was allowed by forces amid frisking.

Restrictions were also imposed the movement of people in and around the native place of slain leader Trehgam.

According to locals, heavy contingents of forces were deployed at entry and exit points of Trehgam while coils of concertina wires were laid on roads to foil protests and bar people from visiting the home of Bhat.

A complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir to mark the death anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder Maqbool Bhat.

Senior separatist leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, have been placed under detention to prevent their participation.

The activists of separatist parties also participated in the protest and asked Government of India to hand over mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru to their family members for proper burial. "The sacrifices of our fearless hearts are our guiding light to stay steadfast and patient in our just struggle for self-determination", Mirwaiz wrote on Twitter.

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