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10 February 2018, 06:45 | Percy Christensen
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Indian-held Jammu Kashmir on Friday observed a complete general strike to commemorate the fifth death anniversary of Afzal Guru, who was hanged by the Indian authorities for his alleged role in a 2001 attack on India's parliament.
"Restrictions have also been imposed the Sopore town (Guru's native town) to thwart any attempts at distrubing law and order there", the officials said.
Elsewhere in the Valley, a shutdown called by 'Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL)', an alliance of key separatist leaders, disrupted normal life as shops and other businesses remained closed and only private vehicles and auto-rickshaws could be seen plying on select roads except in those areas where security restrictions were in force.
Seeking the mortal remains of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru, Hurriyat Conference said that nation today pays homage to the valiant son of soil & while referring to the last letter written by Shaheed Mohammad Afzal Guru, Hurriyat Chairman said that it clearly illustrates that he was an ideological person and his emotions were having the backing of faith, intellect and conscience.
People from adjacent villages though paid condolences early morning.
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He said there is heavy deployment of government forces in south to thaw any attempt at taking out protest rallies. The JKLF will also pass a memorandum in every mosque across Kashmir demanding the mortal remains of Guru and Bhat.
Train service has also been suspended Friday for "security reasons" in Kashmir valley. Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat, both, were hanged to death for carrying out terrorist attacks on February 9, 2013 and February 11, 1984, respectively.
Afzal is survived by lone child Ghalib Guru and wife Tabassum Guru.
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