With no means of communication, barred from information and movement the people of troubled Himalayan valley of Kashmir have been caged for indefinite time by the Indian authorities so as to avoid worsening of situation after the secret hanging of pro-independence Kashmiri leader Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was accused of having a role in a deadly attack on the Indian parliament over a decade ago.
He was charged with arming a military group to carry out the deadly attack in 2001. Back then, five gunmen stormed the parliament complex in New Delhi, but were shot dead before entering the legislative chamber. The attack left ten others, most of them security guards dead.
Before the news of Guru’s execution hit stands, the people of Kashmir were caught unaware as the valley region was locked down under curfew, and announcements were made, asking people to stay indoors.
People’s right to access the internet and watch news was also blocked as government barred internet services and cable news channels in the region.
However despite restriction and security deployment hundreds of people have taken to streets in different parts of Kashmir to vent their anger at Guru’s execution. The demonstration turned violent after Indian police detained several protesters. Dozens of people were also injured.
Global human rights group Amnesty International has slammed India for the secret execution, saying he was convicted under a law which “fell considerably short of international fair trial” standards.
India has already been under scanner of human rights watch for its curb on freedom of speech and expression, and now the secret hanging of Afzal Guru has raised serious doubts across the world about new Delhi’s fair trail and justice system.