Friday, February 11, 2011
27th Death Anniversary of JKLF Founder
Srinagar, Feb 11: Complete shutdown was observed Friday across the Valley on the 27th anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front founder Muhammad Maqbool Bhat’s hanging in Tihar Jail. At least a dozen activists of pro-freedom groups were detained and five persons wounded in clashes during protest rallies held here for demanding return of the mortal remains of the pro-freedom ideologue.
Muhammad Maqbool Bhat was hanged and buried in Delhi’s Tihar Jail in 1984.
All the shops, business establishments and many government offices remained closed while traffic was off the roads in the city on the call of pro-freedom groups.
Large contingent of police and paramilitary CRPF men were deployed in strength in volatile downtown and Maisuma area of the city to prevent pro-freedom protests.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front led by its vice-chairman Bashir Ahmed Bhat took out a protest rally from Madeena Chowk Maisuma after Friday prayers.
Raising pro-freedom slogans, the party activists were demanding return of the mortal remains of Bhat. As they tried to march towards Lal Chowk, the police detained seven leaders of the party including Bashir Ahmed Bhat, Showkat Bakshi, Shiekh Abdur Rashid and Yasin Bhat.
The arrests sparked violent clashes in the area in which five persons were wounded. Eyewitnesses told Greater Kashmir that scores of activists of JKLF took to streets after arrests and clashed with cops. The policemen fired teargas canisters and baton-charged the protesters. The locals alleged that cops also broke the windowpanes of several houses in the area.