Srinagar: Undeclared curfew in Jammu and Kashmir is taking a toll on residents as they faced trouble reaching their respective offices on Monday.

The three-day curfew was imposed across Srinagar in order to prevent protest rallies on the first death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Mohammed Afzal Guru.

Streets wore a deserted look and shops were locked as well. People were facing troubles while going to the offices, especially government employees.

Security personnel were seen manning the streets who kept a tight vigil to foil any attempt of protest in the valley.

“We are facing many problems, as yesterday (February 09) also there was curfew. The police are also not allowing us to go to work and we do not understand why they have imposed curfew. On one side, the government is asking us to come for work but on the other security personnel are restricting us from entering our offices,” said a government employee, Harshit.

All mobile internet connections have been blocked except BSNL broadband. A government spokesperson in a statement banned assembly congregation of more than five persons as well as taking out of any procession without prior permission from concerned authorities.

On December 13, 2001, five gunmen stormed the Indian parliament complex, seat of the world’s largest democracy, killing nine people, mostly policemen, before themselves being gunned down.

Guru, who was held guilty in the case, was awarded death sentence by a Delhi court on December 18, 2002, after being convicted of conspiracy to attack parliament and waging war against the country and murder.

President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected a mercy petition from the Kashmiri and he was hanged in Tihar jail in New Delhi.

Guru was convicted of helping organise arms for the gunmen who made the attack and a place for them to stay. He always maintained his innocence.

India blamed the attack on the parliament of the world’s largest democracy on militants backed by Pakistan, targeting the prime minister, interior minister and legislators in one of the country’s worst ever militant attacks.

Pakistan denied any involvement and condemned the attack but tension rose sharply and brought the nuclear-armed rivals dangerously close to their fourth war. Nearly a million soldiers were mobilised on both sides of the border and fears of war only dissipated months later, in June 2002.

The hanging was ordered less than three months after India executed Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman of a 2008 attack in the city of Mumbai in which 166 people were killed.

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