Separatists have called for a shutdown to pressurize the government to return the mortal remains of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder Muhammad Maqbool Bhat to his family.

Bhat was hanged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 11, 1984, and buried there.

The separatists have also demanded that the mortal remains of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged in Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013, be given back to his family.

To maintain law and order, the authorities are not allowing traffic movement and any assembly of five or more people. Although officials deny having imposed curfew, locals say the security forces are preventing their movement in the old city areas.

All senior separatist leaders including JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik have been taken into preventive custody.

Senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani has been placed under house arrest in his uptown Hyderpora residence in the city. Senior police officers say this has been done to maintain law and order.

No major untoward incident has occurred anywhere in the Kashmir Valley in the last two days. Sporadic incidents of youth pelting stones at the security forces and clashing with them occurred in Ganderbal, Baramulla and Bandipora districts on Monday.

"We dealt with these minor stone-pelting incidents with responsible restraint. Nobody has been injured in these incidents. The law and order situation in the valley is normal," Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Zone) Abdul Ghani Mir said.


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