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Kashmir shuts on Maqbool Bhat hanging day

Kashmir on Thursday observed a shutdown to mark the 37th death anniversary of JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on this day in 1984.

Most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, while public transport was largely off the roads.

However, private cars, auto-rickshaws and cabs were plying in the city.

Similar reports of shutdown were also received from other district headquarters of the valley.

Government forces were deployed in strength at vulnerable places in the city and elsewhere in the valley to thwart pro-freedom demonstrations.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front had last week called for a complete strike on February 9 and 11 to mark the death anniversaries of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru and its founder Bhat.

Also, posters, purportedly issued by Hurriyat Conference, were pasted in some areas of the city, calling for a shutdown on Tuesday and Thursday.  

While Afzal Guru was hanged in Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013, Bhat was hanged on February 11 in 1984. Both are buried inside the jail premises.

Resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani in a rare press release called the duo real heroes of the Kashmir resistance struggle.

India has refused to return the mortal remains of the duo who remain buried at the high security Tihar prison in New Delhi.

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