Curfew, clashes, shutdown on Maqbool Bhat's hanging anniversary

Curfew, clashes, shutdown on Maqbool Bhat's hanging anniversary

Areas falling under six police stations in the old city were placed under the curfew since today morning.

Authorities Wednesday placed several areas under undeclared curfew to prevent protests on the anniversary of hanging of Maqbool Bhat who was executed on this day in 1984 inside New Delhi’s Tihar jail. 

 

Areas  falling under six police stations in the old city were placed under the curfew since today morning. 

 

All the major entry and exit points to these areas were blocked with rolls of concertina wires to prevent people from assembling at a single place. 

 

In Maisuma, forces lobbed several tear gas canisters on protesters who tried to march towards business hub of Lal Chowk. 

 

They were demanding the return of mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat who remains buried inside the Tihar jail. 

 

Several separatist leaders had called for a strike and protests today as a tribute to the founder of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF). 

 

In rest of the valley, normal life was disrupted because of the strike call and restrictions placed by the authorities. 

 

Shops and other business establishments remained closed while public transport remained off the roads. 

 

However, the skeletal movement of private vehicles was reported from various areas.