Counterinsurgency war in Kashmir

Smoke and mirrors

Print edition : February 14, 2020

A demonstration in Srinagar on the first death anniversary of Afzal Guru, on February 9, 2014. Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

A tomb stone for Afzal Guru (extreme left), next to one for Maqbool Bhat, the founder of the JKLF who was executed in 1984. The perception that both hangings were political executions is deeply entrenched in Kashmiri consciousness. Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

Maqbool Bhat.

A candlelight demonstration on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar on February 17, 2013, seeking the return of the mortal remains of Afzal Guru, who was hanged in Tihar Jail a week earlier. Photo: Nissar Ahmad

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah addressing a press conference at his residence in Srinagar on the day Afzal Guru was hanged. He emphasised that his government had nothing to do with the decision. Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

The arrest of DSP Davinder Singh, who was travelling with militants, reawakens questions on his possible link with the 2001 Parliament House attack case.
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