Shutdown, restrictions affect normal life in Kashmir

Mirwaiz hits out at the authorities; "Rulers will not allow us to collectively commemorate this day"

GK Web Desk
Srinagar, Publish Date: May 21 2018 12:55PM | Updated Date: May 21 2018 12:55PM
Shutdown, restrictions affect normal life in KashmirFile Photo

Normal life was paralysed in Kashmir on Monday due to a shutdown call issued to commemorate the anniversaries of Molvi Farooq, Gani Lone and Hawal massacre victims.

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for shutdown and Eidgah march today.

Commercial establishments and educational institutions remained closed, while public transport was on the roads.

The region’s capital city Srinagar, particularly old city areas, have been kept out of bounds for people with Eidgah and adjacent areas completely sealed off. 

Authorities have placed barricades, while vehicular movement is also disallowed on the roads passing through Eidgah area.

Residents of old city said lanes and bylanes have been sealed with concertina wires with people only allowed to move after thorough frisking.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq taking a dig at authorities wrote on micro blogging website: “The Nation today joins to pay glowing tributes to the peoples leader #ShaheedEMillat Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq, #ShaheedEHurriyat Abdul Ghani lone and the #61Martyrs of #HawalMassacre on their Martyrdom anniversary. The rulers will not allow us to collectively commemorate this day”.

In another tweet Mirwaiz said: “… at Eidgah Martyrs graveyard as #YoumETajdeedEAhed as half the city has been put under severe curfew and restrictions but the commitment to carry forward the legacy of our Martyrs till freedom from occupation runs deep in the heart of each one of us!”

Farooq was killed in 1990, while Lone was killed during the commemoration of his anniversary in 2002. In 1990, over 60 people were killed in Hawal area of Srinagar, when government forces opened fire on mourners carrying the body of Farooq.


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