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Shutdown, curfew mark Butt’s martyrdom anniversary

Srinagar, February 11, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, curfew and strict restrictions were imposed in Srinagar and other major towns of Kashmir Valley, today, to prevent protests on the martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri liberation leader, Muhammad Maqbool Butt.11

Muhammad Maqbool Butt was hanged on the 11th of February in 1984 in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail for his role in Kashmir liberation movement. His body was buried in the jail premises.

Indian police and paramilitary forces blocked with concertina wires all major entry and exit points in Srinagar to prevent assemblage of people for protests. However, people defying curfew restrictions came out in the streets of Srinagar and tried to march towards the office of the United Nations Observer Group. Police used brute force and fired tear gas shells on the protesters. Dozens of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front activists including Bashir Ahmad Butt and Noor Muhammad Kalwal were arrested by the police. Many activists were injured in the police shelling.

Another protest demonstration led by JKLF leader, Master Muhammad Afzal was held at Trehgam in Kupwara. Police also arrested APHC leader, Mohammad Musaddiq Aadil along with other Hurriyet activists at Kralpora in Kupwara to prevent him from visiting the house of Mohammad Maqbool Butt.

Meanwhile, the authorities continued to detain Hurriyet leaders including Muhammad Yasin Malik, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Zafar Akbar Butt, Shoukat Bakhshi, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and Ayaz Akbar in jails and houses.

On the other hand, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said that the Indian authorities had turned the entire territory into a big jail. He maintained that the arrest of Hurriyet leaders and activists and enforcement of strict restrictions on peaceful protests had betrayed the authorities’ frustration. The Mirwaiz said that unprecedented strikes on martyrdom anniversaries of liberation leaders were a referendum against Indian occupation over Jammu and Kashmir.

Hurriyet AJK chapter leaders at a meeting in Islamabad called upon India to create an atmosphere conducive for peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute. Special prayers were offered for Maqbool Butt, Afzal Guru and other martyrs in the meeting.

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