Governor expected to pay homage at memorial at Naqshband Sahib
Srinagar: Kashmir is observing Martyrs’ Day on Friday to pay tributes to the 22 people killed on July 13, 1931, by the Dogra Maharaja’s army outside Srinagar Central Jail. The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik has called for a shutdown and a march to the graves of the 22 martyrs at Naqshband Sahib shrine at Khawaja Bazar in old Srinagar.
The government has imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar and detained Geelani and Mirwaiz at their homes, and Yasin Malik at Kothi Bagh police station. A police official said that Deputy Commissioner Srinagar has issued orders imposing restrictions in areas under police stations of Maisuma, Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal and MR Gunj.
On July 13, 1931, the people of Kashmir stormed the gates of Srinagar Central Jail to watch the proceedings of a criminal case filed against Abdul Qadeer, who was arrested for making a speech at Khankah-i-Moula for mobilising Muslims against the desecration of Holy Quran at Jammu Police Lines. The District Magistrate Srinagar ordered police to open fire, in which 22 Kashmiri Muslims were killed and more than 300 were arrested
In absence of any political dispensation presently ruling Jammu and Kashmir, Governor NN Vohra is likely to pay homage at the memorial in the premises of Naqshband Sahib shrine that bears the names of the 22 martyrs. The police brass is expected to accompany the Governor in paying homage at the memorial.
Security has been heightened around Khawaja Bazar and many other parts of old Srinagar. Additional police forces have been deployed in Srinagar and other major towns of Kashmir to thwart protest demonstrations.
Meanwhile, resistance and unionist leaders on Thursday paid rich tributes to the July 13 martyrs.