Guru, Bhat Hanging: Police Foil Protest March; Several Detained

SRINAGAR — The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Monday said several of its leaders and activists were arrested by police at Lal Chowk when they were holding a protest demanding the return of mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru who were hanged by New Delhi in Tihar jail on 11 February 1984 and 9 February 2013 respectively and buried inside the same jail.

A JRL statement said police in order to foil the protest had sealed almost all entry and exit points with barbed wires.

Police used force against many JRL leaders and activists and shifted them to police station Kothi Bagh, the statement said.

Prior to their arrest, JRL leader Sheikh Abdul Rashid while talking to media person said, “The hanging of foremost resistance leader Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and warrior Muhammad Afzal Guru and denial of a proper burial to them by India is a worst kind of cruelty and tyranny that is exposing the tall claims of Indian democracy.”

“The illegal hanging of these two Kashmiris is actually travesty of justice done by so-called biggest democracy of the world, and refusing these martyrs a proper burial shows that Indian state is fearful of even the corpses of these martyrs,” he said.

On the occasion, a copy of the memorandum to UN secretary general by JRL was also released to media, the statement said.


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