Govt not to allow Hurriyat march
Restrictions In Old City Likely
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, May 20: Like last year, authorities have decided not to allow the Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to hold a rally at Eidgah here to commemorate 22nd death anniversary of Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq and Peoples Conference founder Abdul Gani Lone on Monday.
Mirwaiz has urged people to observe a complete shutdown and visit the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Eidgah in large numbers on Monday to mark the death anniversaries of both the assassinated leaders.
Police sources say they apprehend that the “situation might turn ugly and cause breach of peace.”
A senior police officer told Greater Kashmir that they do fear breach of peace. “Though we rarely witness stone pelting incidents in Srinagar, yet we fear disruption of peace. Nobody would be allowed to disrupt peace,” the officer, wishing anonymity, said.
He said since the Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat Conference has called for a Valley-wide strike on Monday to commemorate the death anniversary of Moulvi Muhammad Farooq, Section 144 would be remain imposed in Srinagar and sever restrictions in Old Srinagar. “In Old Srinagar restrictions would also be imposed to thwart any attempt by people or separatists to take out any rally or protest demonstration,” the police officer added.
Police sources said all roads leading to Eidgah would be sealed from Monday morning to foil any attempt by the separatists to reach there.
Besides Mirwaiz, authorities have also decided to put other leaders of the conglomerate under house arrest to foil the Eidgah Chalo call.
Last year, the authorities had foiled Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq‘s “Eidgah march” and laying of foundation stone of ‘Martyr’s Memorial Wall’ by imposing tough restrictions and undeclared curfew in most parts of Old Srinagar.
Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar Syed Aashiq Hussain Bukhari refused to comment on the issue. “We are watching the developments,” he told Greater Kashmir.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 20 May 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 20 May 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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