Friday Restrictions To Ensure Peace: Govt
SRINAGAR: Authorities re-imposed curfew late Thursday night across Kashmir to foil any plans of Hurriyat to stage a march to martyrs cemetery in Eidgah on Friday.
No relaxation in curfew will be given on Friday and severe curfew restrictions will be imposed from 4 in the morning for an indefinite period, police sources told Kashmir Observer.
The step was taken to prevent the assembly of people in Eidgah, Srinagar for offering funeral prayers in absentia for Muhammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged in Delhis Tihar Jail and quietly buried there on February 9.
Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani has called for march to martyrs cemetery in Eidgah to offer prayers and also to demand return of remains of Guru and JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat.
Two empty graves in the Eidgah martyrs cemetery await the bodies of two Kashmirs hanged and buried inside Tihar prison by Indian authorities.
Minister of State for Home, Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo said the government was committed to maintain peace in the state.
Our main aim is to prevent the situation from worsening and maintenance of peace. Safety of life and property is our main concern and for that necessary measures will be taken, Kichloo said.
Admitting that incidents that occurred at Sumbal and Watergam leading to deaths of three persons resulted in escalation of tensions, the MoS said he was personally monitoring the situation and communicating with police officers for exercising maximum restraint. They have been directed to ensure that there is no further damage by exercising maximum restraint.
Meanwhile, a high level situation assessment meeting was held here at Police Control Room (PCR) Thursday evening. The strategy to thwart the Geelanis call was discussed during the meeting.
Curfew was relaxed in many parts of the Valley this morning as the region had started limping back to normalcy. Curfew was imposed across Kashmir Valley on Saturday following hanging of Guru inside Tihar Jail in Delhi.
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