Mirwaiz’s Eidgah Rally Foiled

Mirwaiz’s Eidgah Rally Foiled

21 May 2013
Rising Kashmir
Syed Rizwan Geelani

Srinagar: Authorities Tuesday foiled Hurriyat (M) Eidgah rally by placing Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other leaders of the conglomerate under house arrest and sealing all roads leading to martyrs graveyard while normal life was disrupted by strike called by Hurriyat Conference (M) to observe death anniversaries of Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone. The Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continued to remain under house arrest at his Nageen residence. The large posse of police and CRPF men deployed outside his residence did not allow him to venture out of his house. Mirwaiz was placed under house arrest on Saturday. Other Hurriyat (M) leaders including Shabir Shah, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Agha Syed Hassan, Zafar Akbar Bhat and Shahid-ul-Islam were also placed under house arrest this morning to prevent them from reaching martyrs graveyard Eidgah. Large number of police and CRPF men were deployed in and around Eidgah area to prevent people from reaching the martyrs graveyard. The cops had placed barricades on the roads to prevent movement of people. Authorities also enforced Section 144 in Srinagar city to foil “Eidgah rally”. District Magistrate Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Shah and SSP Srinagar S A H Bukhari had yesterday informed Mirwaiz that the proposed rally will not be allowed citing apprehension of law and order problem. Hurriyat (M) had planned a rally at Eidgah to pay tributes to Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq and senior separatist leader Abdul Gani Lone on their death anniversary. Mirwaiz Farooq was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on May 21, 1990, and Lone fell to the bullets of gunmen during a commemoration rally for the former on this day in 2002. Meanwhile, normal life in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley was affected due to strike called by Hurriyat (M). All shops, schools and business establishments remained closed. The attendance in government offices was also thin as public transport remained off roads in most parts of the valley. The clashes broke out between youth and cops in some localities of old city including Nowhatta, Rajouri Kadal and Gojwara. The youth chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans pelted stones and bricks towards the police and CRPF men, who were deployed in strength in sensitive areas. The cops retaliated by lobbing tear smoke shells and resorting to baton charge to disperse the agitating protestors. The ding dong battle between the cops and youth continued for some time. However, no injuries were reported.