Kashmiris observe strike on Afzal Guru’s death anniversary

India again snaps mobile Internet services in occupied valley

Kashmiris observe strike on Afzal Guru’s death anniversary

India has once again snapped mobile Internet services in Occupied Kashmir fearing strong protests in the valley on the seventh death anniversary of freedom fighter Mohammad Afzal Guru.

The occupation authorities had restored 2G Internet services in Kashmir on January 25, more than five months after snapping all communication facilities in the valley on August 5 last year following abrogation of Article 370, which granted autonomy to Kashmir state.

Normal life in Kashmir was affected due to the strike called by the political organistaions seeking independence from the brutal clutches of New Delhi.

Indian media reported that markets and businesses remained closed in IOK, while public transport was largely off the roads on Sunday.

Indian soldiers gesture as they stop vehicles at a checkpoint in Srinagar on Feb 9, 2020.

Police on Saturday lodged an FIR against the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) for calling strike on Afzal Guru’s death anniversary. The JKLF had given the call for strike to demand the return of the remains of Guru.

Guru was hanged in 2013 inside Tihar jail for his alleged role in an attack on Indian Parliament in December 2001.

Afzal Guru - File Photo

Two journalists - Naseer Ahmad Ganie, who works for the Outlook magazine and Haroon Nabi, who works for local news gathering agency CNS, - were called for questioning on Saturday by police for reporting the JKLF press release.

They were let off after five hours of questioning.

JKLF had also called for strike on Tuesday — the death anniversary of party founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged in 1984 and is buried inside Tihar jail.

Maqbool Bhat - file photo