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Authorities foil Eidgah ‘chalo’, Valley shuts to commemorate anniversaries of Mirwaiz Farooq, Gani Lone


Srinagar, May 21 (KNS): Authorities on Tuesday imposed curfew-like restrictions in Old City areas of Srinagar to foil Eidgah ‘chalo’, called by pro-freedom leadership to commemorate the death anniversary of two slain leaders—Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone.

Mirwaiz Farooq, father of Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was shot dead by gunmen inside his home on this day in 1990 while Abdul Gani Lone was killed during a commemoration function of late Mirwaiz at Martyrs’ graveyard Eidgah in 2002.

However, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for a shutdown today and had appealed people to march towards Eidgah today to commemorate the anniversaries of the duo leader.

Restrictions under section 144 CrPC was imposed “as a precautionary measure” in five police station areas of Old City, an official said.

The areas where restrictions were imposed were following under the jurisdiction of Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Rainawari and M R Gunj.

Witnesses said that a large contingent of police and paramilitary troopers were deployed in restriction bound areas here.

Eyewitnesses said that the forces deployed on roads had erected concertina wires, which halted pedestrians as well as vehicular movement.

They added that the roads leading to Eidgah were also sealed by the authorities.

Pertinently, Mirwaiz was scheduled to lead a rally today but the authorities on late Monday evening placed him under house detention to prevent him from leading the rally.

Notably, Hurriyat used to hold a rally every year on May 21 at Eidgah to pay homage to the two slain leaders, the authorities have been imposing curbs on these rallies following the 2010 mass uprising in the Valley.

Moreover, following the call goven by JRL, a complete shutdown was observed across the Valley to commemorate the anniversaries of slain leaders.

All the shops, business establishments, petrol pumps and private offices remained closed throughout the day while as the vehicular movement was thin on the roads. The government offices here also witnessed thin attendance today.

Reports of shutdown were also received from other districts.

Meanwhile, an official said that the situation remained peaceful throughout the day. (KNS)