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Strike, curfew mark Maqbool Butt’s martyrdom anniversary in IOK

Srinagar, February 11, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Indian establishment imposed undeclared curfew and strict restrictions in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley to prevent anti-India protests on the 29th martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri liberation leader Mohammad Maqbool Butt.

Mohammad Maqbool Butt was executed on this day in 1984 inside New Delhi’s Tihar jail.

Indian police and paramilitary forces blocked with concertina wires all major entry and exit points in Srinagar to prevent assemblage of people for protests.

Police used brute force and fired tear gas shells on protesters who tried to march towards Lal Chowk in the city. The protesters were demanding the return of mortal remains of Maqbool Butt buried inside the Tihar jail.

On the other hand, Indian police arrested APHC leader Mohammad Musadiq Aadil along with other Hurriyet activists at Kralpora in Kupwara while they were to visit the house of Mohammad Maqbool Butt at Trehgam in Kupwara to express solidarity with the martyred family. They were lodged at a local police station.

The authorities continued to detain Hurriyet leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shoukat Bakhshi, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza along with dozens of Hurriyet activists in different jails to prevent them from participating in protest demonstrations. Other leaders including Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Nayeem Ahmad Khan and Ayaz Akbar remained under house detention, today.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed, today, in connection with the martyrdom anniversary of Muhammad Maqbool Butt. All shops, business establishments and banks remained closed while traffic was off the road.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
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