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Kashmir shuts on Maqbool Bhat’s death anniversary

Sunday, February 11, 2018
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A complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir valley to mark the death anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder Maqbool Bhat.

Bhat was hanged and buried in Tihar jail, Delhi on Feb 11, 1984.

Shutdown call was given by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Miraiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.

All shops and business establishments were closed in Srinagar city and other major towns of the valley while public transport was off the roads.

To thwart possible protests, authorities had imposed restrictions in the areas falling under five police stations of Old Srinagar city, viz: Khanyar, Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Nowhatta and Khanyar while restrictions remained in vogue in Maisuma area of uptown as well. Restrictions were also imposed the movement of people in and around the native place of slain leader Trehgam.

Hundreds of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in riot gear and armed with assault rifles were deployed across Valley.

Train services between Baramulla and Bannihal town were also cancelled.