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Curfew imposed in Kashmir after Afzal Guru’s execution

Srinagar sealed off; residents in rural areas asked to stay indoors from daybreak
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First Published: Sat, Feb 09 2013. 10 45 AM IST
A policeman patrols a deserted road in Srinagar on Friday. Photo: Reuters
A policeman patrols a deserted road in Srinagar on Friday. Photo: Reuters
Updated: Sat, Feb 09 2013. 06 30 PM IST
Srinagar: Security forces imposed a curfew on Saturday in parts of Kashmir while the centre of Srinagar was sealed off by police after the execution of 2001 Indian Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
Residents in rural areas said police used loud hailers to order them to stay indoors from daybreak as it emerged that Guru, a member of an Islamist group fighting Indian rule in the divided region, was to be hanged.
Although there was no formal curfew order in Srinagar, police hastily erected barricades across main entry roads and in the city centre in a bid to prevent any possible demonstrations against the execution.
Three police helicopters could also be seen hovering overhead in Srinagar.
Authorities at the University of Kashmir in Srinagar meanwhile issued a statement announcing that examinations due to take place on Saturday had been cancelled.
Guru was executed at New Delhi’s Tihar jail after being found guilty of conspiring with and sheltering militants who attacked the Indian Parliament in December 2001, an incident that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war.
India alleged the militants behind the attack were supported by Pakistani intelligence, leading the nuclear-armed rivals to deploy an estimated one million troops to their borders for eight months.
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