Srinagar: The district administration has decided to impose restrictions in Srinagar’s Old City on Wednesday fearing protests on the death anniversaries of two pro-freedom leaders, Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone.
While Mirwaiz was shot dead by the gunmen inside his house in Nigeen area on May 21, 1990, Lone was killed 12 years later in 2002 at the Martyrs’ graveyard Eidgah during a rally to mark the anniversary of Mirwaiz. Since then, the Hurriyat Conference (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been observing this day to pay homage to the two slain leaders.
Officials told Kashmir Reader Tuesday that restrictions will be imposed in the Old City to “maintain law and order” in wake of the ‘Eidgah chalo’ call given by Mirwaiz Umar. The administration, officials said, had apprehensions that there might be stone pelting protests by youth in the Old City.
“The step has been taken to avoid any law and order situation. We don’t want to take any chance. Restrictions will remain in place in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta, Khanyar, Maharaj Gunj, Zadibal, Safa Kadal, Kralkhud, Rainawari police stations,” a spokesman for the district administration told Kashmir Reader.