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Afzal Guru’s death anniversary: Mobile Internet snapped in Kashmir, restored later

CRPF personnel stops people near a temporary barricade during a shutdown in Srinagar, February 09, 2020.

CRPF personnel stops people near a temporary barricade during a shutdown in Srinagar, February 09, 2020.   | Photo Credit: NISSAR AHMAD

Guru was hanged in 2013 inside Tihar jail for his role in the Parliament attack in December 2001.

Authorities on Sunday snapped mobile Internet services in Kashmir as a precautionary measure to prevent any law and order disturbance on the seventh death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, officials said.

The mobile Internet services were suspended early in the morning as the authorities apprehended violence in the valley in view of the bandh call given by separatist outfits, the officials 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 on August 5 last year.

Police on Saturday lodged an FIR against the banned Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) for calling a strike on Afzal Guru’s death anniversary.

Guru was hanged in 2013 inside Tihar jail for his role in the Parliament attack in December 2001.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) called for a shutdown to mark the seventh death anniversary of Afzal Guru, who was hanged and buried in Tihar Jail on February 09, 2013.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) called for a shutdown to mark the seventh death anniversary of Afzal Guru, who was hanged and buried in Tihar Jail on February 09, 2013.   | Photo Credit: NISSAR AHMAD

Two journalists were summoned by police for reporting the JKLF press release, which had called for strike on Sunday and Tuesday — the death anniversary of the outfit founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat.

The journalists were let off after five hours of questioning. Bhat was hanged in 1984 and is buried inside Tihar jail.

Meanwhile, normal life in Kashmir was affected due to the strike, the officials said.

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

There have been no reports of any untoward incident from anywhere in the valley so far, the officials added.

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