Srinagar, May 21: Normal life across the Kashmir Valley was affected on Tuesday due to shutdown called by Hurriyat Conference (M) to observe the death anniversary of late Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq and late Khawaja Abdul Gani Lone.
Shops, educational institutions, business establishments remained closed and public transport remained off the roads in the city. However, most of the government offices, banks and post offices functioned normally.Authorities had already conveyed Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Monday against allowing him, to hold protest rally in Eidgah, following which they (authorities) had deployed hundreds of police and paramilitary CRPF men in old city to thwart protest or any other attempt by separatists. Hurriyat (M) had called for Eidgah Chalo.
Mirwaiz had been placed under house arrest on Tuesday. Srinagar district Magistrate Farooq Ahmad Shah and SSP Srinagar Syed Ashiq Hussain Bukhari had called on Mirwaiz on Monday evening to convey him that he would not be allowed to hold rally as the authorities fear a law and order problem.
They had informed him that the prohibitory orders under section 144 of CRPC have been imposed in city. Meanwhile, life in other towns and areas of the valley including Baramullah, Sopore, Bandipora, Kupwara, Anantnag, Shopian, and Pulwama was also affected due to strike.Besides Mirwaiz, senior Hurriyat (M) leaders Moulana Abbas Ansari, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Aga Syed Hassan, Shahid-ul-Islam and Zaffar Akbar Bhat were also placed under house arrest. Meanwhile, Police said that no restrictions had been put in place. “A tent was erected at Molvi Manzil which was removed by the police,” a police official told KNS.
Hurriyat sources told KNS that this was the third consecutive year when Hurriyat (M) has been denied permission to organize any gathering to commemorate the death anniversary of late Mirwaiz and Lone. Pertinently it was on 21 May 1990 when unidentified gunmen killed Mirwaiz Farooq at his residence in Srinagar. More than 60 mourners were martyred in Hawal area of the city when security forces opened fire upon his funeral procession. On the same day, in 2002, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone was assassinated by unknown gunman when he was returning from Eidgah after addressing a public gathering. Meanwhile, Mirwaiz, who is under house detention, strongly condemned the government for placing restrictions to sabotage the ‘Hafta Shohda’ programme. He said the programme was purely devised to pay tributes to Shaheed-e-Millat, shohday-e-Hawal, Shaheed Hurriyat, Shaheed Maqbool Bhat, Shaheed Afzal Guru, martyrs of 2008, 2009, 2010 and all the martyrs who have laid their lives for the supreme cause of freedom. “By imposing restrictions and creating an atmosphere of fear to prevent the Hafta Shohda programme depicts the sheer frustration of the government as they have miserably failed to suppress the sentiment of freedom rooted deep into the soul of every Kashmiri individual,” Mirwaiz said. (KNS)


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