Curfew in Kashmir: Protests, clashes in Guru's home town

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Srinagar, Feb 9: The Kashmir Valley woke up to an uneasy Saturday, as curfew was imposed in various parts of the state following hanging of the Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru in Delhi's Tihar jail.

A report in Hindustan Times say, "Clashes have broken out in the Badgav, hometown of 2001 Parliament attack plotter Afzal Guru, in Sopore."

Media reports say the national highway has also been closed. Moreover, heavy deplyoment of paramilitary forces was witnessed across Valley. Official sources say armed forces are mostly deployed in sensitive areas like the old city in Srinagar as well as Sopore which is the hometown of Guru.

Afzal Guru belonged to Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to senior police officials, curfew has been imposed following apprehensions of violence after the news of the hanging come out.

He was a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist. However, the government carried out his hanging in utmost secrecy. It was just few minutes before his hanging, government announced its decision to the media. Earlier, Union home secretary RK Singh confirmed the hanging of Afzal Guru.

Singh said that Guru was hanged at 8 am on Saturday morning in Delhi's Tihar Jail. "He was hanged at 8 o' clock this morning. The President rejected his petition on February 3," said the Union Home Secretary, adding: "The law and justice is taking its course."

Mobile internet services snapped in Kashmir as precaution

All the mobile internet connections stopped functioning this morning as the news about hanging of Guru broke out.

Although, no reason has been given for snapping the services, it is believed that the step was taken as a preemptive measure to stop misuse of internet.

In the past, authorities have suspended internet and mobile services during the 2010 summer unrest in the Valley as some people used the internet to mobilise protests.

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