Srinagar: Complete shutdown is being observed, today, to mark the third martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri martyr, Muhammad Afzal Guru.
All shops and business establishments are closed while traffic is off the road.
On the other hand, the authorities have imposed undeclared curfew in many areas of Srinagar and strict restrictions in other towns, deploying Indian troops and police personnel in strength, to prevent people from staging anti-India demonstrations.
The authorities have also detained or put under house arrest most of pro-freedom leaders to stop them from holding protests against the unjustified hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt.
Senior superintendent of Police Srinagar, Amit Kumar, admitted that police had taken some Hurriyet leaders into custody.
The police have arrested around 60 Hurriyet activists from Baramulla, Kupwara and Sopore districts. The police personnel are also conducting raids on the houses of Hurriyet activists in Islamabad, Pulwama and Kulgam districts.
Muhammad Afzal Guru was executed in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on the 9th February, 2013, while Muhammad Maqbool Butt was hanged in the same jail on the 11th February in 1984. Both the leaders remain buried in the premises of the jail and India has not handed over their bodies to their families.