press trust of india
SRINAGAR, 13 JULY: Prohibitory orders were today imposed in the city as a precautionary measure ahead of the separatists call for march to Martyrs graveyard.
“Section 144 CrPC has been imposed in Srinagar to maintain law and order in view of the separatists call for march to Martyrs graveyard,” official sources said.
Both the factions of Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have called for a strike and march to Martyrs’ graveyard at Naqshband Sahib to pay homage to 22 people killed in firing by Dogra soldiers on this day in 1931.
The separatist leaders were put under house arrest by police yesterday, the sources said. Curfew-like situation prevailed in downtown Srinagar (afp photo) as the security forces strictly imposed Section 144 CrPC which bans assembly of four or more persons at any place without prior permission.Most of the shops and other business establishments across the Kashmir Valley remained closed due to the strike.
Public transport remained off the roads, while few private cars could be seen plying the roads in the uptown city and other major towns of the Valley.
Chief minister Omar Abdullah, his cabinet colleagues, former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, and leaders of National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party paid tributes to the martyrs this morning at the graveyard amidst tight security.