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SRINAGAR: Security forces imposed a curfew Saturday in parts of Indian-administered Kashmir while the centre of the main city Srinagar was sealed off by police after the execution of a separatist.

Residents in rural areas said police used loud hailers to order them to stay indoors from daybreak as it emerged that Mohammed Afzal 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, the main city in what is India's only Muslim majority state.

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 a jail near Delhi 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 parliament attack were supported by Pakistani intelligence, leading the nuclear-armed rivals to deploy an estimated one million troops to their borders for eight months.

A former chief minister of Kashmir once warned that executing him would lead the country to “go up in flames” because of a backlash from rebels in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Updated Feb 09, 2013 05:56am

Comments (20) (Closed)

Raoul Ciao
Feb 10, 2013 11:10am
Kashmiris want peace , development and a safe place for their children and families to grow and prosper in. They are tired of the hate spread using religion as a vehicle and have started reducing their efforts to appear as separatists for someone else's agenda in Indian administered Kashmir. The anticipatory curfew is required to stop the separatist inclined from harming the rest, and keep aman, shanti in India's states.
Ramesh C Manghirmalani
Feb 09, 2013 06:36am
I am pleased Afzal was hanged today, it is good riddance to bad rubbish, As a citizen and non citizen you have moral responisbility
Feb 09, 2013 07:17am
Biggest mistake is Afzal should be ppunished severaly. Hanging is no punishment for this kind of crime. 2ndly that punishment should be public, tortutring taking nails out,cutting his body parts one b one 3rdly punishment should have been long long back.
Feb 09, 2013 07:29am
What happens in Kashmir is irrelevant,the relevant thing is that India finally got the courage to hang Afzal. Terrorists and mass murderers like Kasab deserve no mercy.
Feb 11, 2013 05:40am
Strong message to the Terrorists and who wants to mess with us. Good job.
Altaf Hussain, Mumbai
Feb 09, 2013 08:05am
Good riddance.
Feb 09, 2013 08:14am
Regardless of Mr. Guru's innocence or culpability, the govt. of India showed the spine to carry out court orders. In Pakistan, first off the culprits involved sectarian violence, and in rare cases when courts condemn them to death, these orders are never carried out. Hang the 68 inmates responsible for sectarian killings and this menace can be brought under control.
Feb 09, 2013 08:25am
airport in srinagar is much better and modern than the international airport in islamabad.
rais khan
Feb 09, 2013 09:11am
afzal got what he deserved.
Feb 10, 2013 03:46pm
adding to my earlier comments, all these issues used by both sides left and right polotical sides uses them for there benifit. and not concentrating on development. if person found guilty in court and court order death sentance. Then execute. follow the law of land. Politicians hide there inefficiancy behind all these
Gaurav Chopra
Feb 09, 2013 12:29pm
after Afzal guru's execution indian govt set example for terrorists , its good for India
Feb 09, 2013 12:35pm
Better late than never ........
Feb 09, 2013 01:53pm
finely we got justice
Feb 09, 2013 01:56pm
There is no justice for kashmiris in India. Pakistan should hang Sarabjit Singh so that they get the messege.
Feb 09, 2013 02:12pm
Nothing will happen as the leaders of Hurriat have become only opportunists using religion to meet their personal objectives
Feb 09, 2013 03:16pm
Terrorists know no religion, no caste , no community ,no humanity ,no kindness ,no law ,no territory , no nationality , no patriotism but are enemies of mankind . They should be dealt strictly , seriously , severely by the cruel arms of law . The people of India and Pakistan both should oppose them in the interest of keeping peace and tranquility in the south Asia . Kashmir people should co-operate the administration in maintaining peace and harmony in the state because violence can not solve any problem rather can deteriorate and aggravate the normalcy . Let all problems be solved amicably , mutually so that both nations can reduce defence expenditure and be able to divert expenditure on account of social welfare.
Feb 10, 2013 02:53pm
do it. and clear all the obstacle which are hindring progress. As too much energy getting wasted in long standing minor issues. move on. lot many people died everyyear in both country. so one more will not be an issue. Take the decision and go-ahead
kulwinder jassal
Feb 09, 2013 08:31pm
I think that is the right thing Govt. did to hang him because this will give the others message not to violate the law and order in democracy.
Feb 10, 2013 03:58pm
The following is from the supreme court order as mentioned in article by Arundhati Roy The incident, which resulted in heavy casualties had shaken the entire nation, and the collective conscience of society will only be satisfied if capital punishment is awarded to the offender.” The following is also from the same article Contrary to the lies that have been put about by some senior journalists who would have known better, Afzal Guru was not one of “the terrorists who stormed Parliament House on December 13th 2001” nor was he among those who “opened fire on security personnel, apparently killing three of the six who died.” (That was Chandan Mitra, now a BJP Rajya Sabha MP, in The Pioneer, October 7th 2006). Even the police charge sheet does not accuse him of that.
Feb 10, 2013 08:07pm
Bansal, you have assumed Afzal was guilty. What IF he was not? Have you considered it even for a second? Do you really think it's impossible for a govt. to frame someone who is actually innocent? I wish the violence of your imagination could be matched with a little reflection.