Heavy deployment of security forces was witnessed in Kashmir today as the Valley observed the fourth death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
On Thursday, security was stepped up in Srinagar city to prevent any untoward incident and authorities imposed restrictions in sensitive areas of the volatile province.
The call for the shutdown was given by joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
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Ghalib said the separatists should pursue the issue of the return of his father's mortal remains with more vigour.
The Galib Guru son of Afzal Guru while talking to the media questioned the separatist's leader and said, "Have our leaders forgotten what Afzal did for his nation". The business establishments in the Valley are closed and the traffic movement is also sparse. However, the authorities chose to leave nothing to chance, and suspended train services between Banihal and Baramulla. The public transport was also off the roads.
Meanwhile, police today disallowed a seminar organized by independent MLA Er Sheikh Abdur Rashid on Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru in Handwara area of border district of Kupwara.
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Muhammad Afzal Guru was hanged in New Delhi's Tihar Jail on this day in 2013 while Muhammad Maqbool Butt was sent to the gallows in the same jail on 11th February in 1984. Bhat's mortal remains were also not returned to his family.
After being barred from holding seminar, the MLA alongwith his supporters tried to take out a protest march. Later, they were later set free.
Hundreds of people visited the Guru family on Thursday to express solidarity with the family and demanded the mortal remains of Guru back, who was sentenced to death in 2002 for his role in planning an attack on Parliament in December 2001. Authorities have imposed restrictions in some parts of downtown Srinagar as well.
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