ISLAMABAD - Curfew was imposed in Srinagar, Sopore and other parts of the Valley, on Monday, to prevent protest strike on martyrdom anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru. According to KMS, in view of the strike call given by the pro-freedom organisations, Monday, on the second martyrdom anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru, the authorities imposed restrictions in the areas falling under five police stations of Srinagar and Maisuma,” said Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar, Amit Kumar.

Meanwhile, Indian police detained or put under house arrest scores of pro-freedom leaders and activists to prevent them from holding protests to mark the unjustified hanging of Afzal Guru.

 All pro-freedom groups had appealed people to observe strike against the hanging and to demand return of his mortal remains. Guru was secretly hanged and buried in New Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 9, 2013. On Sunday, police arrested JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and instantly shifted him to Central jail Srinagar. “Fifteen other senior members of the JKLF, including Showkat Bakhshi and Noor Muhammad Kalwal, were also taken into custody,” a JKLF spokesman told media.

Earlier, police put Hurriyet leaders, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ayaz Akbar and Nayeem Ahmad Khan under house arrest. Mukhtar Ahmad Waza was detained on Sunday.