Curbs Today To Prevent Mirwaiz Rally

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The areas include Safa Kadal, M R Gunj, Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari and Maisuma SRINAGAR: The State Government has decided to impose restrictions in old city on Thursday to prevent the rally being organized by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on the martyrdom anniversaries of Mirwaiz Molvi Mohamamad Farooq and Hurriyat Conference leader Abdul Gani Lone.

According to the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar section 144 will be imposed and no procession shall be allowed in the areas coming under the jurisdiction of six police stations of the old Srinagar. 

The restrictions will be placed on the movement of pedestrians and commuters in areas falling under six police stations of Safa Kadal, M R Gunj, Nowhatta, Khanyar and Rainawari in old city and Maisuma in uptown Srinagar.

Meanwhile reacting to the government move, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that he had intimated the government earlier over holding a rally at Martyrs graveyard Eidgah, Srinagar on the death anniversary of his father, the late Mirwaiz and Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Lone. The day is commemorated every year in Kashmir on May 21.  

Mirwaiz castigated the state authorities over imposing restrictions on his movement and placing him under house arrest.

Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq was killed on May 21, 1990 by suspected militants at his Nigeen residence while Abdul Gani Lone met the similar fate in the year 2002 at Martyrs graveyard Srinagar when he was attending the ceremony marking the death anniversary of Mirwaiz Farooq.

Huriyat groups every year call for a shutdown on May 21 to remember the slain leaders. 

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