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10 February 2018, 06:43 | Nina Mathis
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A complete shutdown is being observed in the Muslim majority areas in response to strike call from separatist groups.
Meanwhile, ahead of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat's death anniversaries, security has been beefed up in northern part of Kashmir.
Shops and other business establishments remained closed in Srinagar city while as public transport was also off the roads.
"Restrictions have been imposed in some places to maintain law and order", a senior police official said.
Seeking the mortal remains of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru, Hurriyat Conference said that nation today pays homage to the valiant son of soil & while referring to the last letter written by Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Guru, Hurriyat Chairman said that it clearly illustrates that he was an ideological person and his emotions were having the backing of faith, intellect and conscience.
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He said soon after Army put barricades at the entrance of Jagir, Doabgah to stop people from entering the village.
He said there is heavy deployment of government forces in south to thaw any attempt at taking out protest rallies. "He said hangings, arrests, life imprisonments, harassment, police and army intimidations and other oppressive measures can not suppress the voices of Kashmiris for long and the day is not far when the dawn of freedom will rise on the horizons of Kashmir". While carrying posters of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat, they chanted pro-freedom slogans and demanded handing over of mortal remains of both the leaders to their families.
Guru was hanged on this day in 2013 following his conviction in the 2001 Parliament Attack case. Train services between north Kashmir's Baramulla town and Bannihal town in the Jammu region have been suspended as a precautionary measure.
On the eve of Muhammad Afzal Guru's death anniversary, his wife Tabasum Guru has accused woman Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of "playing politics over the dead body of his husband".
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