May 2016 News

Restrictions Imposed To Foil Separatist March

21 May 2016
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Majid Jahangir

Srinagar: The state government today imposed restrictions in old city areas to prevent a separatist rally, aimed to commemorate the death anniversary of separatist leaders Molvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone. While restrictions were imposed in areas falling under the jurisdiction of seven police stations in the city to 'maintain law and order', a shutdown hit life in most parts of Kashmir. Minor clashes between the police and youths were reported from some areas in the city. In the Nowshera locality, a few members of the Awami Action Committee were taken into preventive custody when they tried to take out a rally and march towards Eidgah. The head of the moderate Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who had appealed to people to assemble at Eidgah ground to commemorate the death anniversary, was put under house arrest along with some party leaders late on Friday. Concertina wires were laid and a large number of police and Central Reserve Police Force men deployed around the Eidgah ground and other parts of the old city to foil the separatist march. A police spokesman said the situation remained peaceful across the Valley.