People throng Afzal Guru’s house amid shutdown

BARAMULLAH: On the fifth death anniversary, a huge number of people visited the residence of Mohammad Afzal Guru. Ghalib Guru, Afzal Guru’s son says he misses his father who was secretly hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail five years ago.

Ghalin wrote on the Facebook post: ‘“I still get a lot of hugs, but none of them as warm as yours. I miss you, dad.” To commemorate the fifth death anniversary of Afzal Guru, complete shutdown was observed in many parts of North Kashmir, where all shops, business establishments remained closed and roods liked deserted too. A condolence meeting was held at the native housed of Guru wherein many pro-freedom leaders participated, people thronged the residence since early morning.

Hurriyat should seriously take the case of returning back the mortal remains of his father. He said five years have gone  and the family is still waiting  for the mortal remains of his father, while his mother-Tabassum Guru  said that Hurriyat must stop ” between ‘heroes’ of this nation.”
She said, ” There is no great commander or a simple Mujahid. We must stop differentiating between the people who sacrificed everything for Islam and Kashmir. Afzal did not sacrifice his life for wife or son but for this Kashmir. As a nation, we must remember the sacrifices made by Afzal Guru.”
To curb protests district authorities had imposed restrictions in the town. Since Friday morning security forces had blocked the entrances.

A senior police official said that additional security measures were taken in North Kashmir to avoid law and order problem.
The bereaved family received people from many parts of Kashmir, who defied restrictions to reach the native village of Afzal, and a protest rally was organized by pro leaders who raised pro Afzal slogans and pro-freedom slogans.
Soon after Friday congregational prayers clashes broke out in town between youth and security forces after forces prevented youth to hold a protest march. Reports said protesters assembled near Jamia Masjid Sopore and tried to march Main Chowk, however, security forces deployed in the area did not allow them to do that which prompted clashes.  Forces resorted to heavy shelling to disperse protesters, however, no one was injured in the protest.

Afzal Guru was hanged in secrecy in Tihar jail on February 9, 2013, convicted for his role in the 2001 Indian Parliament attack. The government of India did not hand over Afzal’s body to his family members and buried him inside the jail premises, fearing that his funeral could have been used to trigger agitation in Valley.

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