According to reports, the Hurriyat leaders will be taking out protest after the Friday prayers to demand the return of mortal remains of Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Butt from Tihar Jail to their home in Kashmir.
The 5th martyrdom anniversary of veteran Kashmiri freedom fighter Afzal Guru was observed across Azad Jammu & Kashmir with reverence.
However, clashes between irate crowds of youth and the security forces enforcing the restrictions under Section 144 CrPC erupted in Sopore as well as at a couple of places in central Srinagar.
Shops and other business establishments remained closed in most parts of Kashmir due to the strike called by Joint Resistance Leadership. Guru and Bhat were hanged and buried inside New Delhi's Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013 and February 11, 1984, respectively.
Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) based United Jihad Council (UJC), an umbrella of various militant groups operating in Kashmir, had supported the protest shutdown.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Friday demanded the authorities to return the mortal remains of both Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and Mohamad Afzal Guru. The train service between Baramullah and Banihal has also been suspended.
Reports added that on early Friday morning scores of Hurriyat activists of different fictions reached Native village of Afzal Guru which includes Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party workers Peer Anayat, Engineer Farooq Ahmed Khan, Aashiq Husain, Rameez Hassan, Mohammad Amin and Abdul Qadeer. The ceremony was followed by a protest rally taken out from Press Club premises to Burhan Wani Chowk.
However, people alleged that they were not being allowed to move out of their houses by the security forces and state police personnel deployed in strength.