On July 13 Kashmir shuts to remember martyrs
Authorities impose restrictions in parts of Srinagar
Srinagar: Restrictions were imposed on the movement of people in parts of the city ahead of the separatists’ call for a march to the Martyrs’ Graveyard near Nowhatta while Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was detained, an official said on Friday.
The restrictions were imposed in Khanyar, Maharajgunj, Nowhatta, Rainawari and Safakadal as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, he said.
The separatists had called for a march to the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Naqshband Sahib shrine to pay homage to 22 people killed in firing by Dogra soldiers on this day in 1931.
More than 22 men were killed in firing by soldiers of Dogra Maharaja Hari Singh on this day in 1931 during protests against his autocratic rule.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir Valley on Friday. On the call of JRL a complete shutdown marked the Martyrs’ Day in Kashmir Valley.
JRL had urged the people to march towards the Martyrs’ graveyard at Naqshband Sahab in old city to pay tributes to the 1931 martyrs.
As the morning broke, heavy contingents of police and paramilitary CRPF men sealed all the entry points to the city by erecting barricades and concertina wire on the roads to restrict the movement of people.
Shops, business establishments and other commercial establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads. Mostly CRPF and police personnel were seen dotting the roads.
In old city, the force personnel wearing battle fatigue patrolled the lanes and by lanes in a bid to restrict the movement of residents and to thwart any protests.
In Nowhatta, Safakadal, Zainakadal Rainawari, MR Gunj and other places, the forces had erected hurdles to restrict the movement.
“We were not allowed to go outside. Whosoever tried to step out was driven away by the police and CRPF men. We were forced to stay indoors,” Muneer Ahmad, a resident of Nowhatta locality said.
In Civil Lines, complete shutdown was observed. Force personnel had erected the barricades at Panthacowk and Shalteng crossing to prevent vehicles coming from south and north Kashmir to enter Srinagar.
In north Kashmir’s Baramulla, Sopore, Zainageer, Rafiabad, Kupwara and Bandipora areas, complete shutdown was observed. The shops were closed and no public transport plied on the roads except some skeletal private transport. The situation in the volatile South Kashmir, however, remained peaceful. People observed complete strike in Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian and other areas. Concertina wires were laid in different parts of these districts to restrict the movement of the people.
Shutdown was also observed in Budgam and Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir.