Shutter Down Observed in Kashmir to mark ''Maqbool Day''
SRINAGAR: Indian authorities detained dozens of Kashmiri activists and placed separatist leaders under house arrest on Thursday to prevent them from holding anti-India protests to mark the anniversary of a top separatist leader’s hanging more than three decades ago.
Shops and businesses remained shut and a curfew was in effect in some areas of Srinagar, the main city in Kashmir, after a strike was called by separatist to commemorate 32nd anniversary of Muhammad Maqbool Butt.
Most people stayed indoors while hundreds of armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolled largely deserted streets blocked by razor wire and barricades.
"On Maqbool day, a rally was held at his ancestral village Trehgam Kupwara and also a message has been sent by chairman JKLF Muhammad Yasin Malik who is languishing in the jail from last many days," said a statement issued by JKLF today.
Government forces “came in the morning and ordered us to stay indoors,” resident Reyaz Ahmed said.
Pro-independence leader Muhammad Maqbool Butt was hanged in a New Delhi jail in 1984 after being convicted of killing an Indian intelligence officer.
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