The occupied Kashmir is observing a spontaneous shutdown on Tuesday to mark the eighth martyrdom anniversary of Mohammad Afzal Guru.
Call for the strike was given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat forum and other pro-freedom leaders and organizations. All shops and business establishments are closed while traffic is off the road.
Thousands of personnel of Indian army, police and paramilitary forces are patrolling the deserted streets in the valley to prevent pro-freedom and anti-India protests.
India had hanged Muhammad Afzal Guru in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on 9th February, 2013 and Muhammad Maqbool Butt in the same jail on 11th February, 1984. Their bodies remain buried in the premises of the jail.
Meanwhile, police arrested several youth including a woman during house raids and cordon and search operations in Srinagar, Shopian and other areas of the territory. Hurriyat leader Javed Ahmad Mir was put under house arrest.
On the other hand, in another illegal move made by India vis-a-vis internationally recognized dispute over Jammu and Kashmir, Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian parliament, has passed the so-called Jammu and Kashmir Re-Organisation (Amendment) Bill 2021 that seeks to extend applicability of Indian constitution over the territory.
The bill was introduced by Minister of State GK Reddy a week ago.
Apparently the bill seeks to merge the existing cadre for India Services Officers of IIOJK with those of Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram, and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre; however, GK Reddy while explaining the real motive behind the tabling of the bill is to ensure the enforcement of the Indian constitution in Jammu and Kashmir.