Kashmir shuts to remember its martyrs
Undeclared Curfew In Old Srinagar; Strict Restrictions Foil Hurriyat Marches; Youth Clash With Forces
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, July 13: A complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir on Saturday to remember the martyrs of July 13, 1931, while the authorities imposed undeclared curfew in old Srinagar to foil the marches called by separatists to the Martyrs Graveyard here.
The shutdown call was given by both factions of Hurriyat Conference to remember 21 Kashmiris who fell to the bullets of Dogra army on July 13, 1931 at Central Jail, Srinagar.
Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other senior separatist leaders including chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik, Chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah, National Front (NF) chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan and PC chairman Bilal Gani Lone were put under house arrest.
Shops and business establishments remained closed across Kashmir while traffic was off the roads. Even the inter-district transport was considerably affected.
In Khanyar area of old Srinagar, where the Martyrs Graveyard is located, police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had laid razor wires and erected barricades at road junctions since Friday evening to restrict the movement of people. Besides the fortification of the area around the graveyard, armored vehicles of police and CRPF were also seen at road junctions.
The roads in entire Srinagar witnessed heavy deployment of police and CRPF to thwart any protest demonstration. Undeclared curfew remained imposed under the jurisdiction of police stations of Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, MR Gunj, Safakadal and Kralkhud.
A police official here said restrictions were imposed in parts of old Srinagar after the groups of youth clashed with forces soon after morning prayers.
He said police burst tear smoke shells to disperse the protesting youth. The official said during the clashes one policeman was injured and a police vehicle was also damaged. Civil lines areas of Srinagar also witnessed heavy deployment of police and CRPF since Saturday morning. However skeletal transport was witnessed plying on the roads. Most of vehicles plying on the roads in uptown were coming from airport area, carrying Yatris and other tourists.
Sources in police said inter-district transport was also badly affected due to the strike.
Complete strike was also observed in Ganderbal and Budgam districts of central Kashmir. Normal life was also paralyzed in Baramulla, Kupwara, Handwara, Sopore and Bandipora in north Kashmir due to the strike.
Baramulla town and its adjoining areas witnessed a complete shutdown. All the shops were closed and the town wore a deserted look. Though there were no restrictions imposed by the authorities, people preferred to remain indoors.
All shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads. All the areas of north Kashmir witnessed heavy deployment of police and CRPF.
Normal life was disrupted in Kupwara due to the strike. The roads in Kupwara wore a deserted look as public and private transport remained off the roads. However, some private cars and forces’ vehicles could be seen playing the roads.
The shutdown was also observed in some other areas of district Kupwara including Kulangam, Handwara, Trehgam, Lolab, Langate and Main Town Kupwara.
Strike was also observed in Islamabad (Anantnag), Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian districts of south Kashmir. The roads in these districts wore a deserted look. Shops and business establishments remained closed.
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