Srinagar, February 11, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the resistance leaders and activists, defying curfew-like restrictions, today, staged protest demonstrations to press for the return of mortal remains of Kashmiri martyred leaders, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Mohammad Afzal Guru. Scores of the leaders and activists including women and children staged the protest in Srinagar. The protesters raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Call for the protests was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership.
The authorities had imposed curfew-like restrictions in Srinagar and other areas of the territory, today, on 35th martyrdom anniversary of Muhammad Maqbool Butt. The restrictions were particularly imposed in Mahraj Gunj, SafaKadal, Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar and Maisuma areas of Srinagar.
However, the protesters flouted the restrictions barring assembly of four or more persons at a particular place in the downtown and Maisuma areas of Srinagar and assembled at Lal Chowk to stage anti-India protests.
Indian police arrested Hurriyat leaders and activists including Bilal Siddiqi, Yasmeen Raja, Masooda Ji, Dilshada Akhtar, Naseema Akhtar, Afrooza Farooq Shah, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Abdul Rasheed, Shaikh Abdul Rashid, Arshad Aziz, Javed Ahmad Butt, Fayaz Ahmad Butt, Abdul Rashid Lone, Arshad Aziz, Shakir Ahmad Ahangar, Mukhtar Ahmad Ganai and Imtiyz Ahmad Ganai during the protest demonstrations at Maisuma and Lal Chowk. The protests were held to raise the demand for return of bodies of Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru to their relatives for proper burial.
Meanwhile, Indian police on Sunday evening arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leaders Mushtaq Ajmal and Muhammad Yasin Butt while JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and other party leaders including Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Muhammad Salim Nanaji, Ghulam Muhammad Dar, Bashir Ahmad Boya, Gulzar Ahmad Pahalwan and Fayaz Ahmad are already in police custody, a JKLF spokesman said in statement. Police also arrested Hurriyat leader, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza in Islamabad town.
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