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Kashmir: Tight security on 3rd day of curfew

Posted on Feb 11, 05:28PM | IBNS

Srinagar, Feb 11 : High alert and curfew continued in Kashmir for the third day at a row on Monday, following the hanging of Parliament-attack convict Afzal Guru at Delhi's Tihar Jail on Saturday.

Additional security forces, including CRPF units and the police, have been deployed in the area to aid in maintaining law and order in the state, said reports.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah expressed his concern on the situation.

"The long term implications of Afzal Guru's execution are worrying as they are linked to the people of Kashmir, especially the younger generation. Like it or not, the execution has reinforced the point that there is no justice. We will have to deal with how we can change that sort of alienation," Abdullah told NDTV on Sunday.

He has appealed for calm in the Valley in the wake of the hanging of Guru.

Law enforcement agencies are reportedly leaving no loopholes in security measures on Monday as it is also the death anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Maqbool Bhat, who also was hanged in Tihar Jail in 1984 for killing an intelligence officer.

The execution then had resulted in violence and tension in Kashmir.

On Saturday, at least 36 people, including 23 policeman, were injured when protests erupted in the Valley in the wake of the news of his execution.

Guru's execution took place at 8am and he was buried soon after at the jail, where he had been lodged for nearly eight years.

The hanging was initially scheduled for Oct 20, 2006. But it was stayed after Guru's wife filed a mercy petition with the President.

In December 2001, nine people were killed when five terrorists drove into the Parliament complex and opened fire. All the terrorists were shot dead.

Guru was arrested shortly after the attack and accused of planning it.