Srinagar, July 13: In view of the Martyrs day, authorities imposed restrictions in various parts of Srinagar in order to avoid any law and order situation on Saturday. Kashmir’s top religious cleric and pro-freedom leader, Syed ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Dr Molvi Muhammad Umar Farooq were placed under house arrest.
Train service across the valley, between Barmullah and Banihal was suspended by the authorities, while Amarnath Yatra for the day was also put on hold.
It was on July 13th, 1931, when 22 Kashmiris were gunned down by the army of autocratic Dogra ruler after the people rose against Maharaja’s rule for their rights.
Mean while all shops, business establishments and other commercial establishments remained closed, while public transport was off the roads. Mostly CRPF and police personnel were seen dotting the roads.
Train service between Baramullah and Banihal remained suspended, while Amarnath Yatra was also called off for the day.
In old city, the force personnel wearing battle fatigue patrolled the lanes and by lanes in a bid to restrict and thwart any protests.
In Nowhatta, Safakadal, Zainakadal Rainawari, MR Gunj and other places, the forces had erected hurdles to restrict the movement of people.
In north Kashmir’s Baramulla, Sopore, Zainageer, Rafiabad, Kupwara, Ajas, hajin and Bandipora, complete shutdown was observed. The shops remained closed and no public transport plied on the roads except some skeletal private transport. The situation in the volatile South Kashmir, however, remained peaceful. People observed complete strike in Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian and other areas. Shutdown was also observed in Budgam and Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir.
Meanwhile the delegations of various mainstream parties, who were issued slots, visited the Martyrs grave yard and paid their homage and offered floral tributes to the fallen.