Kashmir: Curfew still in place

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 10, 2013 12:57 hrs

Curfew continued in Kashmir for the second day on Sunday, following the hanging of Parliament-attack convict Afzal Guru at Delhi's Tihar Jail on Saturday, said reports.

On Saturday, at least 30 people, including security personnel, were injured when protests erupted in the Valley in the wake of the news of his execution.

Guru´s execution took place at 8am and he was buried soon after at the jail, where he had been lodged for nearly eight years.

Curfew has been imposed on all the 10 districts of Kashmir and is liklely to be in place till Feb 11, which is the death anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Maqbool Bhatt.

The army is on high alert.

Cable TV services have been disconnected in some areas.

Expressing disappointment over the move, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman Nayeem Akhtar had told media: "The PDP is disappointed at the hanging of Afzal Guru."

Condemning the move, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani had said Guru was not involved in the Parliament attack.

Geelani told media: "We declare it as injustice because our stand on Afzal Guru ´sahab´ is that he was not involved in the Parliament attack. Personally, he was not involved in the attack. He was not given the chance to defend himself in the trial court....On the basis of that, I can say that the punishment given to him is injustice and I condemn this."

Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir cief mnister Omar Abdullah has appealed for calm in the Valley in the wake of the hanging of Guru.

"I appeal to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to keep calm. We have taken steps to maintain order," Abdullah said

Guru´s execution was initially scheduled for Oct 20, 2006. But it was stayed after Guru´s wife filed a mercy petition with the President.

In December 2001, nine people were killed when five terrorists drove into the Parliament complex and opened fire. All the terrorists were shot dead.

Guru was arrested shortly after the attack and accused of planning it.

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