Kashmir shuts to commemorate 1931 martyrs

Politicians, advisor lay floral wreaths at Naqashband Sahib (RA)

BK Correspondent/Srinagar
July 14, 2018 TOP STORIES 102 Views
Kashmir shuts to commemorate 1931 martyrs

The entire Kashmir valley on Friday observed shutdown to commemorate the martyrs of 1931 on their 87th death anniversary.
Normal life was crippled as shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads in the Valley, however, there was no call for shutdown.
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has, even though, called for march towards Naqashband Sahib (RA), which houses martyrs’ graveyard to pay tributes to fallen heroes.
Authorities have put restrictions in old city to thwart the proposed separatists march towards the shrine.
However, all roads leading to Martyrs grave yard at Naqashband sahib shrine in the down town were sealed and only politicians and government officials were being allowed to pay tributes there.
Also Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar visited Mazar-e-Shohada to offer floral tributes to the 1931 Martyrs. He laid wreaths over the graves of the Martyrs.
Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam; Director General of Police, Dr S P Vaid; Divisional Commission Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; IGP Kashmir, S P Pani, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.
A contingent of J&K Police posted the bugle and presented the ceremonial guard of honour to the Martyrs.
Meanwhile, business and other activities remained crippled in main business hubs of the city, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve-centre of summer capital, Budshah Chowk, Regal Chowk, Maisuma, Hari Singh High Street, Batmaloo, Moulana Azad Road, Residency Road and Dalgate.
Additional security forces, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding weapons and batons in their hands, were seen patrolling the streets in the city to prevent any untoward incident.
Banks, government offices and schools were closed on Friday in view of a gazetted holiday on Martyrs Day.
JRL, comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, had called for ‘Naqshband Sahib Challo’ on Friday to commemorate the death anniversary of 1931 Martyrs.
A report from Anantnag said life was crippled in this and other south Kashmir towns and tehsil headquarters, where shops were closed and traffic was off the road.
Additional security forces have been deployed in entire south Kashmir, including Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian, to prevent any law and order problem. Security has also been stepped up along the Srinagar-Jammu national highway to prevent any protests.
Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel were deployed in major towns and tehsil headquarters to stop protests, said a report from north Kashmir, where business and other activities were crippled and traffic was off the roads in support of the strike.
Meanwhile, restrictions continued for the second day on Friday in parts of frontier district of Kupwara, where a youth was killed when Army opened fire to disperse demonstrators on July 11 evening.
The District Magistrate (DM) has ordered a Magisterial inquiry into the firing and subsequent killing of a youth while police has also registered a case in this regard.
Meanwhile, mainstream political leaders and former CMs also paid their tributes to July 13, 1931 martyrs.
Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti visited the martyrs’ graveyard and laid floral wreath on the graves of 1931 heroes.
National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah visited the martyrs graveyard and offered Fateha and floral tributes to the 13th July, 1931 martyrs.
The Party Vice President was accompanied by Party Legislators and Senior Leaders.
Meanwhile, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) also visited Mazaar-I-Shoda at Khawaja Bazar, Srinagar and paid floral tributes to Martyrs of 1931.
A delegation of Senior Party Leaders and workers led by JKPCC President G.A. Mir visited Martyr’s graveyard and paid floral tributes to Martyrs. They also offered Fateh Khawani and prayed for eternal peace to Martyrs.

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