[Afzal Guru’s house out of bounds for mourners}
Srinagar 13 Feb:Police have removed an epitaph marking the empty grave of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru in the ‘martyrs graveyard’ in the old city. Witnesses said policeman appeared at the ‘martyrs graveyard’ in the morning, sealed the entire locality and removed the epitaph.

ON TUESDAY, AN EMPTY GRAVE IN THE SAME ROW IN WHICH BHAT’S EMPTY GRAVE LIES HAD BEEN DUG WITH AN EPITAPH READING: MOHAMMAD AFZAL GURU– “SHAHEED-E-WATAN” AT THE GRAVEYARD IN OLD CITY’S EIDGAH.

The epitaph further reads: “his remains are lying with the Indian government as a trust of the Kashmiri nation and we still are waiting for them”.

The grave was dug on the directions of a JKLF leader Tariq Ahmad Bhat.

“We want his body back. Even if India declines to return his body, we had an empty grave for him like the one we have for Maqbool sahib,” the JKLF leader said Tuesday.

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Maqbool Bhat was hanged and buried in Tihar on February 11, 1984, but a grave was dug for him in 1990 at the Bihisht-e-Shohdai Kashmir (garden of Kashmiri martyrs).

The “empty grave”, as it was called, had a gravestone saying “his remains are lying with the Indian government as a trust of the Kashmiri nation and we still are waiting for them”.

The empty grave serves to keep alive the demand for the return of Bhat’s remains. On February 11 every year, resistance renew the call.

Afzal’s cousin Yasin Guru had told the press that his family respected the wishes of the Kashmiri people. “He was not just my brother but the brother of all Kashmiris. Whatever they decide is acceptable to us,” he had said.
Afzal Guru’s house out of bounds for mourners
Seer Jageer (Sopore): Mourners are finding it difficult to reach family of Afzal Guru here as authorities have made it out of bounds for anyone to reach them by laying concertina wires and barricades on road enroute the house of Gurus here in North Kashmir district.
This reporter attempted to visit Afzal’s house via main road but was not allowed to reach there.
Hundreds of mourners including relatives are now using boats which ferry them to Afzal’s house here, some three kilometers from main Sopore town.

Afzal Guru’s house out of bounds for mourners
Seer Jageer (Sopore): Mourners are finding it difficult to reach family of Afzal Guru here as authorities have made it out of bounds for anyone to reach them by laying concertina wires and barricades on road enroute the house of Gurus here in North Kashmir district.
This reporter attempted to visit Afzal’s house via main road but was not allowed to reach there.
Hundreds of mourners including relatives are now using boats which ferry them to Afzal’s house here, some three kilometers from main Sopore town.

Protests erupt in Bandipora
Bandipora: Massive protests rocked Bandipora town after authorities announced relaxation in curfew on Wednesday.
Hundreds of youth assembled at town square condemning the execution of Afzal Guru in Tihar Jail on Saturday.
Raising pro-freedom slogans, the protesters marched from main chowk of Bandipora towards Nowpora where police and CRPF personnel attempted to stop them.
However, the Force personnel had to retreat in the wake of stiff resistance.
The youth were demanding return of Afzal’s body to his family in Sopore.

 

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