Curfew Foils Roohullah Rally in Budgam

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BUDGAM: Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in Budgam town of central Kashmir to foil a proposed ceremony to mark the death anniversary of Aga Syed Mehdi, father of National Conference leader Aga Roohullah.

Restrictions were imposed in Budgam town and adjoining areas as a precautionary measure due to apprehension of law and order problem after Hurriyat (G) leader and uncle of Roohullah, Agha Syed Hassan disallowed a function at the towns Imambara for the purpose, reports said. 

Agha Hassan got a statement published in local dailies urging people to stay away from Budgam claiming that no function was proposed there.

Police had erected barricades on all entry points of the town and sealed the Imambnara which is under the custodianship of Auqaf run by Agha Hassan and where the NC leader wanted to hold the function.

According to police, restrictions were necessitated as there were apprehensive that the function organised by the NC MLA could lead to clashes between his supporters and those of separatist leader Aga Hassan. 

Roohullah fell apart with senior Agha after he divorced his wife (daughter of Agha), three years back. 

Agha Hassan is president of the Anjuman-e-Shari-e-Shiayan, an influential politic-religious organization and a constituent of Hurriyat Conference (G). 

Agha Mehdi, younger brother of Agha Hassan was a Congress leader, who was killed in a blast triggered by militants at Kanihama Baramulla district on November 3, 2000. Mehdi’s driver and four personnel security guards were also killed in the blast. 

Roohullah was placed under house arrest to prevent him attending the function.

NC working president Omar Abdullah tweeted about the development. 

“Why does this Mufti Govt feel threatened by a person marking his father’s death anniversary?” he asked.

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