ANANTNAG: Tens of hundreds of people organised a freedom road show in several areas of Anantnag district.
Youths, children and the elderly from dozens of villages assembled at Khiram, the most populous village in chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s home constituency and started their freedom march, riding private cars, Sumo taxis, load carriers and bikes.
They marched through various villages of Bijbehara and Pahalgam areas.
Pictures of Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani were pasted on front mirrors of the vehicles and pro-freedom, pro-Burhan and pro-Pakistan slogans were being played on the public address systems fitted onto the vehicles.
However, at Yanner, the government forces stopped the vehicles.
The roadshow concluded peacefully at around 5pm in the evening.
Big pro-freedom protest rallies were also held in Shopian and Pulwama districts. Thousands of people , witnesses said , from different villages of Shopian assembled near Imamsahab where religious leaders and pro-freedom activists addressed the gathering.
Raising pro-azadi slogans people later marched back to their respective areas.
Pro-freedom graffiti were written in several townships and rural areas. The resistance leadership had asked people to write such graffiti on roads and walls.
Zuhar and Asar prayers were also offered on roads in different areas. However shops did not open up in any major or small township of south Kashmir, although the resistance leadership has said that people can resume normal businesses after 6pm.