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Restriction, shutdown closes Indian-controlled Kashmir for third day

English.news.cn   2014-02-11 18:21:57

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- Restrictions imposed by authorities and shutdown called by separatist groups hit Muslim majority areas of India-controlled Kashmir Tuesday for the third straight.

"The government has decided to continue restrictions on Tuesday as well," Shailendra Kumar, a senior government official, told media.

"Government won't take any chance to allow anybody to disrupt peace," he said.

Tuesday marks the death anniversary of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, the founder member of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), a pro-independent separatist group in restive region. Bhat was hanged and buried in New Delhi's Tihar jail on Feb. 11, 1984 on charges of murdering an Indian intelligence officer.

Authorities had deployed huge contingents of Indian police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir and other towns to enforce strict restrictions.

Every year since 1990, a strike is being observed across restive region on Feb. 11 to mark Bhat's death anniversary.

However, this year strike preceded by two days in the wake of the first death anniversary of another Kashmiri - Mohammad Afzal Guru who was hanged and buried in New Delhi's Tihar jail last year.

Guru was executed for his role in 2001 Indian parliament building attack. Many in the region believe Bhat and Guru were denied fair trail.

Separatists ahead of the anniversaries have renewed their demands of seeking mortal remains of Guru and Bhat and announced a three-day-long shutdown and protest call to pressure New Delhi.

Authorities fearing clashes have detained over 500 people, including separatist leaders to disallow protest demonstrations, reports said.

A senior government official said prohibitory orders under Section 144 (government order) have been imposed in most towns. The order prohibits the assembly of more than four persons in public place.

Police in the morning took a group of separatist activists into custody after they tried to defy restrictions at Maisuma locality, the JKLF bastion.

Meanwhile, the restrictions have affected normal life and movement of vehicular traffic on roads. Shops, banks and government offices remained closed in the wake of the shutdown and restrictions.

Life is likely to return to normal on Wednesday.

A separatist movement challenging New Delhi's rule is going on in Indian-controlled Kashmir since 1989. Militant groups are also engaged in a guerrilla war with Indian troops across the restive region.

Editor: chengyang
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