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Protest in Jammu against prolonged curfew imposed in Kashmir post Afzal's execution

Jammu, Thu, 28 Feb 2013 ANI

Jammu, Feb. 28 (ANI): Hundreds of protesters took to streets of Jammu on Thursday over prolonged curfew of 19 days imposed in Kashmir valley post Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's execution.

Guru was hanged in Tihar Jail in New Delhi on February 9, and security forces had imposed a curfew in parts of Kashmir and ordered people off the streets anticipating unrest.

Engineer Rashid, an independent MLA, lashed at the Central Government for the execution of Guru and demanded autonomy for the state.

"Today, we the people of Kashmir demand autonomy and justice. Today you have proven that Kashmir is not an integral part of India. If Afzal Guru has been declared as a militant then why the province of Kashmir has been put under strict curfew for the last 19 days. Why has even a small Kashmiri child suffering behind bars? Why is every Kashmiri living under home arrest due to curfew? This is the message we want to convey to the Governor of the state," said Rashid.

Mehbooba Mufti, President of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was also present among the protesters as they carried placards and shouted anti-government slogans.

Armed with grenades, guns and explosives, five militants stormed the heavily guarded Parliament complex in the national capital on December 13, 2001, but security forces killed them before they could enter the main chamber.

Ten other people, most of them security officers, were killed in the clash.

Guru was convicted by the Supreme Court for helping in organizing arms for the attackers and a place for them to stay in the national capital.ANI)

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