Police foil march to HMT, clashes rock old city
SRINAGAR: Authorities Wednesday foiled HMT march called by Hurriyat Conference by imposing restrictions on public movement in most parts of Srinagar city. Restrictions had been imposed in areas falling under the jurisdiction of Parimpora, Maisuma, Kralkhud, M.R. Gunj, Safakadal, Nowhatta, Khanyar and Rainawari police stations.
Police and CRPF personnel in full riot gear were deployed to enforce restrictions in the city.
Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani had asked people to assemble at the residence of Gowhar Nazir Dar, 22 years old engineering student from Mustafa Abad HMT who died in CRPF action merely hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Srinagar on November 7. Reports said that individuals were allowed to visit the bereaved family, however, no rally was allowed and moreover the people from old Srinagar city were completely barred from moving out of these areas.
Reports said that Police lobbed tear gas shells when people tried to march towards the house of slain youth near Khushipora.
Witnesses said that Hurriyat (G) leaders including Nisar Hussain Rather, Muhammad Yaseen Attaie, Imytiyaz Hyder were on way to the HMT when they were intercepted by police near Khushipora.
Police fired tear gas shells on the people and Nisar Hussain Rather was injured, one of the Hurriyat leaders said.
Due to restrictions, normal life was completely affected in old Srinagar city while skeletal movement of transport was observed in uptown.
Leaders like Geelani, Miwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah, Asiya Andrabi and others were placed under preventive detention.
A police official said that barring few minor stone-pelting incidents in Batamaloo and Habbakadal, the situation remained peaceful in Srinagar and other parts of Valley.
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