Restrictions in Srinagar to foil separatist march

July 13th, 2011 - 12:09 am ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, July 12 (IANS) Authorities in Srinagar Tuesday decided to enforce restrictions in the old city areas to foil a separatist march to the martyr’s graveyard Wednesday.

The moderate Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Moulvi Umer Farooq has called for a shutdown and march to the martyr’s graveyard in the Nowhatta area of the old city.

However, ahead of the march, the authorities placed Mirwaiz and other leaders of the moderate Hurriyat group under house arrest.

The hardline separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani continues to remain under house arrest in his uptown Hyderpora residence.

A senior police officer said restrictions will be imposed Wednesday in areas falling under five police stations of Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal and M.R. Gunj to foil the march.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah will himself visit the graveyard Wednesday morning and offer floral tributes to the martyrs.

In 1931, Dogra soldiers had opened fire outside the Srinagar central jail felling 21 Kashmiris protesting against the Maharaja’s autocratic rule.

In a message, the chief minister paid tributes to the martyrs and said that “the sacrifice of the martyrs to free the society from autocracy and lay edifice for democracy and human dignity is one of the richest chapters of the history of Jammu and Kashmir”.

The day is also observed as a state holiday.

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