On a day separatists in Jammu and Kashmir called for a protest shutdown on the third death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri artist on Tuesday said that Facebook removed a cartoon he had posted, marking the third death anniversary.
Mir Suhail Qadiri, the Kashmiri artist who posts cartoons on political and social issues of Jammu and Kashmir on the Facebook page 'MIR Suhail', alleged that his cartoon was deleted from Facebook on Tuesday morning.
Confirming that the cartoon post was deleted from the page, a Facebook spokesperson told Firstpost, "We remove any comments - posted by anyone - that praise or support terrorist groups or their actions."
Qadiri also said that Facebook has blocked him from posting anything on his page.
Here is the cartoon that was taken off Facebook:
Here are some of the other cartoons posted by Qadiri on his Facebook page:
This alleged action by Facebook comes on a day when shops, public transport and other business establishments remained closed in Srinagar and all other major cities and towns in the Valley. Attendance in government offices, banks and post offices also ran thin because of non-availability of public transport.
"Restrictions will remain in force in areas falling under jurisdictions of Rainawari, Nowhatta, MR Gunj, Safakadal and Kralkhud police stations in Srinagar city," Farooq Ahmad Lone, district magistrate Srinagar told reporters.
Heavy deployment of police and paramilitary central reserve police force (CRPF) troopers in full riot gear has been made across the cities and towns of the Valley to prevent separatists from carrying out protests. Muhammad Yasin Malik, chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has been placed under detention.
Guru's family and separatists have been demanding the mortal remains of Guru ever since he was hanged by the jail authorities in Delhi.
With inputs from IANS