Afzal Guru Anniversary: Shutdown In Kashmir, Internet Suspended

KO File Photo: Abid Bhat

SRINAGAR – Normal life remained affected in Kashmir valley on Sunday due to the strike on the seventh death anniversary of Mohammad Afzal Guru, while as authorities snapped mobile internet services.

Markets and business establishments remained closed, while public transport was largely off the roads, officials said.

There were no reports of any untoward incident from anywhere in the valley, they added.

The mobile internet services were suspended early in the morning as a precautionary measure to prevent any law-and-order scenario in the Valley, they said.

The services were restored in the evening, they added.

The authorities had restored 2G internet services in Kashmir on January 25, more than five months after snapping all communication facilities in the valley following abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution on August 5 last year.

Police lodged an FIR against the banned Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Saturday for calling a strike on Guru’s death anniversary. Guru was hanged in 2013 inside Delhi’s Tihar Jail for his role in the December 2001 Parliament attack.

Two journalists were summoned by the police for reporting the JKLF press release, which had called the strike on Sunday and Tuesday — the death anniversary of the outfit’s founder, Mohammad Maqbool Bhat. The journalists were let off after five hours of questioning.

Bhat was hanged and buried inside Tihar Jail in 1984.  (With Inputs From Agencies)

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