SRINAGAR: Authorities disallowed the Awami Action Committee workers’ rally at party headquarters Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal and unfurling of party flag at Hawal Chowk in connection with ‘Hafta-e-Shahadat’, by imposing strict curfew and restrictions in several downtown areas for second consecutive day on Sunday and keeping the AAC patron Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest.
A statement issued here said AAC workers and delegates from different districts of Jammu and Kashmir had reached to participate in the party rally. However the ruling regime imposed strict curbs and barred people from reaching Rajouri Kadal as all roads were sealed with reams of concertina wires and the heavy deployment of police and CRPF men, it said.
Strongly condemning the government’s move, AAC termed it dictatorial and vengeful. “The huge participation of people in the previous programmes of Hafta-e-Shahadat unnerves the rulers as it brings to fore people’s commitment with the mission of martyrs,” the statement said. “The leaders like Shaheed-e-Milat and Shaheed-e-Hurriyat sacrificed their lives for a great and sacred people’s cause and every citizen of Kashmir is duty-bound to honour and take forward the mission of martyrs.”
The statement condemned the alleged police raids on AAC workers, activists and leaders terming it acceptance of defeat by government.
The AAC appealed people to march towards Eidgah on May 21 (today) where the resistance leadership will address the gathering and reaffirm the pledge to take forward the mission of martyrs.
Meanwhile, in Chenab Valley, the recitation of Qur’an and Dua-e-Majlis for ‘Shaheed-e-Millat’ was held at various places, the statement said.