Martyrs Day: Curbs In Old City Today12 July 2011
Srinagar: In order to foil the proposed separatists’ rally to Martyrs graveyard Naqashband Sahib tomorrow, the authorities are likely to enforce strict restrictions in old city on Wednesday while chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference and other separatist leaders have been placed under house arrest. Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have announced to hold rallies at the graveyard to remember the martyrs of July 13, 1931.District Magistrate Srinagar Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo told PTI that since prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC were in force in the city, the authorities will not allow any illegal assembly of people as it can lead to law and order problem. More than 22 men were shot dead by soldiers of Kashmir's Dogra ruler on July 13, 1931 after people of Kashmir had risen against the autocratic rule of the Maharaja. Police sources said tougher restrictions will be enforced in old city tomorrow to foil the separatist rallies. “Section 144 will be strictly enforced in the areas falling under five police stations in old city. Nobody would be allowed to create law and order problems,” they said. They said police and CRPF deployment around Naqashband sahib and adjoining areas will be increased to ensure peaceful conduct of officials functions in the martyrs graveyard. A senior police officer said that rallies by Hurriyat factions in the past had turned unruly and violent, leading to loss of life and property. 'Adequate security measures would be taken and nobody will be allowed to disturb peace in the Valley,” he said. Sources said a high level meeting was held in Srinagar to discuss the maintenance of law and order in the Valley. “It was decided that tougher restrictions under Section 144 will be enforced in the old city to foil separatists programme,” they said. Meanwhile, a day before martyrs’ day, authorities on Tuesday placed chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference and several other separatist leaders under house arrest. A Hurriyat Conference (G) spokesman said party chairman Syed Ali Geelani continues to remain under house arrest at his Hyderpora residence since Monday morning. “Geelani sahib was not allowed to move out of the house from last two days,” he said. He said another senior Hurriyat leader Mohammad Ashraf Laya was also placed under house arrest. A Hurriyat Conference (M) spokesman said conglomerate chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, senior leaders Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone and other leaders were placed under house arrest. “Mirwaiz was placed under house arrest today while others leaders were confined to their houses yesterday. A posse of police men were deployed at the residence our leaders to prevent them from participating in tomorrow’s rally,” he said. Earlier, Mirwaiz while addressing a press conference alleged that Naqashband Sahib and other adjoining areas are already under police siege. “We will go ahead with our proposed programme and assemble at the martyrs graveyard on Wednsday,” he said. He said the “mission” of 1931 martyrs was yet to be fulfilled and the events of 1947 might have ended the Dogra autocracy but not the “miseries and suppression of Kashmiris.” “There is no difference between the Dogra autocracy and the post-1947 rulers in Kashmir,” he said. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is expected to lead mainstream politicians in paying tribute to the martyrs. Opposition PDP leaders Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti are also likely to visit the graveyard.