Life remained affected in Kashmir on Sunday due to a shutdown called by resistance leadership and restrictions imposed by the authorities in parts of Srinagar city to prevent a proposed rally.
Shops and other business establishments remained closed in commercial hub of Lal Chowk due to the strike called by resistance leadership to pay homage to Mirwaiz Moulana Muhammad Farooq, Abdul Gani Lone and the Hawal martyrs on their anniversaries
Reports of shutdown were also been received from other district headquarters of the valley. Resistance groups had called a rally on Sunday at Eidgah ground in Srinagar to commemorate the death anniversaries. Authorities imposed restrictions in old city areas of Srinagar to prevent the rally.
Police said restrictions had been imposed in areas falling under the jurisdiction of five police stations of Srinagar including Nowhatta, M.R.Gunj, Khanyar, Rainawari and Safa Kadal. “The restrictions have been imposed to maintain law and order. These are preventive in nature”, a senior police officer said.
Mirwaiz Farooq was killed inside his Nigeen residence by gunmen on May 21, 1990, while Lone was killed on the same date over a decade later at the Eidgah ground by gunmen on May 21, 2002. Hurriyat (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had announced a weeklong remembrance programme called the ‘Hafta -e-Shahdat’ (Martyrdom Week) which ends on May 21.
The shutdown was called by Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq as part of ‘Hafata Shohada’ week-long program.
Meanwhile, 13 youths have been picked up by police in Pulwama district during night raids in different places.
Police sources said that youth who have been detained are accused of stone pelting.
“13 youth belonging to Prichoo (8) Barpora (1), Wagum (3), Malikpora (1) were detained as they are chronic stone pelters and involved in stone pelting and disturbing peace in the town,” police said.
But families of the detained said that the youth have been detained by police of false charges. However, police officials refuted the allegations of the families.