Among the demand for return of mortal remains of Makbul Bhat and Afzal Guru, JRL leaders and activists protested at Lal Chowk. Later the protest was foiled by the police and many people were arrested on the spot.
The spokesman said that the memorandum was also sent to the United Nations Secretary General for the return of the couple's mortal remains. Bhat and Guru were hanged in Tihar Jail on February 11, 1984 and 9 February, 2013 respectively, and buried inside the said jail.
Those arrested today include Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Imtiaz Ahmed Shah, Professor Javed, Javed Ahmed Butt, Faiz Ahmed Lone, Abdul Rashid Lone, Irshad Aziz, Shakir Ahmad Ahangar, Mukhtar Ahmed and Imtiaz Ahmed Ghani. Many women leaders and activists including Muslim Khavaten Markaz Yasmin King, Dilshad Banu, Afroz Akhtar, Naseema Bano, etc. Earlier, JRL leaders and workers, as well as women of other areas of life, including women, gathered near the JKLF office Maisuma and marched towards Lal Chowk. Heavy deployment and restrictions were also implemented.
The memorandum to Antonio Guterres, was sent by UN Secretary-General JRL leaders Mohammed Yasin Malik, Mohammad Omar Farooq and Syed Ali Geelani.
According to the letter, on behalf of the people of J & K, JRL leaders have appealed to the mortal remains of Mohammed Maqbool Bhat and Mohammad Afzal Guru to give them honorable burials.