Shutdown, restrictions mark Martyrs Day

Amid shutdown, authorities imposed strict restrictions in Downtown areas here to foil march of separatists to pay tributes to martyrs of July 31, 1931.

District administration imposed strict curbs in areas falling under the jurisdiction of police station Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari, Safa Kadal and Mahraj Gunj.

Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was supposed to take out a rally to pay tributes to martyrs of July 13, 1931, continued to remain under house detention.

The strike call given by the separatist leaders evoked good response as all the commercial establishments and private institutions remained closed for the day. Traffic movement on roads was also less. Schools, colleges and Universities remained shut on account of official holiday to mark the Martyrs Day.

Reports said complete shutdown was observed in all the southern districts of Kashmir—Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag and Kulgam. Shutdown was also observed in northern districts of Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora. Strike was observed in Central Kashmir’s Budgam and Ganderbal districts also besides Srinagar. However, inter-district transport services plied normally.

22 Kashmiris were killed on July 13, 1931 by Dogra forces outside Srinagar Central Jail. Since then, J&K observes this day as the Martyrs Day. Official holiday is also observed on July 13 every year.

Meanwhile in a statement,  Hurriyat (M) said “it is extremely said that people and the separatists were stopped from paying homage to martyrs of July 13, 1931.

It also condemned restrictions in majority of areas of Downtown and placing the chairman of the amalgam Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest.

“Martyrs of July 13, 1931, laid down their lives for a great cause of standing against the then autocratic Dogra rule by offering priceless sacrifice these great martyrs laid the foundation for the struggle of rights and justice for people of Kashmir,” the conglomerate said.