Curfew foils ‘Resistance Wall’ construction
No prayers allowed in Jamia for 15th time in 6 months
UMER MAQBOOL DAR
Srinagar, Nov 26: The state government on Friday imposed curfew in old Srinagar to prevent people from constructing ‘Resistance Wall’ in memory of martyrs on the call of Hurriyat Conference (G) and to stop them from protesting against the assault on Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. The people were also prevented from offering congregational Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid here.
Authorities this morning clamped curfew in the areas falling under police stations Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safa Kadal in downtown by deploying hundreds of paramilitary CRPF troopers and police on the streets.
The police also seized a truckload of bricks near Eidgah this morning presuming they were brought for the construction of the memorial, but later it proved that they were kept by a local there for construction of his house.
After Friday prayers, protests erupted in Galwanpora Hyderpora, Batamaloo and Bandipora town. The police fired teargas canisters and baton charged the protesters forcing them to disperse.
The locals of Kathidawaza in old city alleged that police prevented their wards from going to school. “We pleaded with cops to allow our children to go to school, but they rebuked us and turned us away,” a group of parents said.
The police also prevented people from offering the congregational Friday prayers at historic Jamia Masjid for 15th time in past six months of unrest. All the roads leading to the Masjid were sealed off.
Meanwhile, the pro-freedom leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Shabir Ahmed Shah continued to be placed under house arrest while Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (R) leader Javaid Ahmed Mir was detained by the police.
Elsewhere in the Valley life remained normal as traffic plied on the roads and shops and business establishments remained open.
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