Afzal Guru hanged: Curfew in Srinagar, security tightened in Delhi

Feb 9, 2013

Srinagar/ New Delhi: Authorities imposed curfew in Srinagar and all other major towns of Kashmir Valley following reports that Afzal Guru, convicted for his central role in the attack on the Indian parliament over 11 years ago, had been hanged in Tihar Jail in New Delhi.

Afzal Guru belongs to Tarzoo village on the outskirts of Sopore town, 52 km.

Although no senior police officer confirmed that the curfew restrictions were being imposed in the wake of Afzal's hanging, police officers, however, confirmed that curfew restrictions had been imposed.



"Yes, we have taken preventive measures to maintain law and order", a senior police officer told IANS.

Afzal was arrested on Dec 12, 2001 following the terror attack on parliament that led to a near war between India and Pakistan.

Reports reaching here from district headquarters of Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama, Badgam, Kupwara, Ganderbal and the north Kashmir Sopore town said police and paramilitary forces were out in full riot gear there to impose curfew.

Reliable sources told IANS all local cable operators have been asked to stop their operations with immediate effect.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is said to be flying back to Srinagar from winter capital Jammu. Omar Abdullah and his party, the ruling National Conference (NC), have opposed Afzal Guru's hanging.

Security in Delhi

A tight security was in place across the city today to ensure that no untoward incident take place in the wake of hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. All the police stations in the city were put on high alert, police sources said.

Additional deployment of forces has been made in minority dominated areas across the city, they said.

Patrolling is being intensified in crowded market areas, railway stations and bus terminals as part of efforts to
tighten security.


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