Bid To Build Martyrs’ Memorial Foiled In J&K21 May 2011
Srinagar: Shunning the kid-glove approach, Jammu & Kashmir government on Saturday imposed curfew-like restrictions in the old city to prevent moderate Hurriyat chairman mirwaiz Umar Farooq to lay a foundation stone for “martyrs’ memorial” and lead a rally to commemorate the death anniversaries of his father Molvi Mohammad Farooq and another Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani lone at Eidgah. It is for the first time since the mirwaiz’s father was assassinated by militants on this day in 1990 that the government prevented him from holding a rally to pay tributes. Lone was assassinated the same day when he was attending the death anniversary rally of the mirwaiz’s father at Eidgah in 2002. The mirwaiz and other moderate Hurriyat leaders were placed under house arrest to prevent them from leading a rally in the old city. The mirwaiz had planned to lead a march to Edigah martyrs graveyard where he was supposed to hold a mega rally which was to be followed by the laying the foundation stone for the martyrs memorial “to honour and remember those that have sacrificed their lives for azadi”. However, the authorities put curfew like restrictions in place and did not allow people to move in the old city. Large number of police and paramilitary forces were deployed in the old city and Eidgah to thwart the mirwaiz’s plan. Police had rolled out concertina wire on important road axis to block the people’s movement. Nobody was allowed to come out of their homes in the old city. The mirwaiz, however, came hard at the authorities for thwarting his programme.