SRINAGAR Hurriyat Conference (M) on Saturday termed it extremely sad that people and leadership were stopped from paying homage to the martyrs of 13 July 1931.
A Hurriyat (M) spokesperson in a statement criticized the imposition of curfew and restrictions in and around the martyrs graveyard at Khwaja Naqshband Sahib (RA), and other areas of downtown and putting the chairman of the amalgam Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest.
A rally at the graveyard to pay homage to the martyrs and offer Fateh to them was a democratic right of people and applying curbs on it totally authoritarian, he said.
The martyrs of July 13, 1931 laid down their life for a great cause of standing against the then autocratic Dogra rule and high and by offering priceless sacrifice these great martyrs laid the foundation for the struggle of rights and justice for people of Kashmir, he said.
The spokesperson further said: Even after the passage of seven decades, there is no letup in the atrocities and rights violations. Youth continue to languish in various prisons in and outside the State for their no crime. Valley has been converted into a military fortress while under the impunity of unbridled powers of black laws; all political and religious rights of people are compromised and even a peaceful march becomes a threat to peace in Kashmir.