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Mirwaiz under house arrest, Valley tense


Mar 16, 2011
Mirwaiz under house arrest, Valley tense May 21, 2011, 04.35pm IST TNN [ M Saleem Pandit ] SRINAGAR: Authorities
imposed curfew in old city
areas of Srinagar on
Saturday to foil separatists'
call for march towards
Eidgah to commemorate the killing of Mirwaiz
Mohammad Farooq and
Abdul Gani Lone today. The
normal life was thrown out
of gear by the shutdown call given by the moderate Hurriyat
Conference. A senior police official said the
restrictions on the movement of the
public were imposed in nine police
station areas of the old city in order to
scuttle Saturday's separatist gathering at
the Eidgah grounds. Chairman of the Hurriyat Conference
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq appealed to the
people to observe complete shutdown
across the Kashmir Valley and told them
to peacefully assemble at the Eidgah
grounds in the afternoon, where a public meeting would be held to commemorate
the death anniversaries of the slain
separatist leaders besides laying the
foundation stone for martyrs' wall at
Eidgah. While Mirwaiz of Kashmir Molvi
Mohammad Farooq was killed by
unknown Hizbul Mujahedeen militants in
his Nigeen residence in 1990, Abdul Gani
Lone, a senior Hurriyat leader was killed
while attending the commemorative function of the former Mirwaiz in the
Eidgah grounds in 2002. A senior police official said Mirwiaz Umar,
son of the former Mirwaiz Kashmir Molvi
Farooq was placed under house arrest
and restrictions were imposed in Safa
Kadal, MR Gunj, Khanyar, Rainawari,
Nowhatta, Nigeen, Soura, Lal Bazar and Kralkhud police station areas to maintain
law and order in the city. A Hurriyat (Mirwaiz) spokesman said that
huge contingents of police were deployed
outside the houses of Mirwaiz Umar
Farooq, Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, Shabir
Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan,
Shahid-ul-Islam and others. Hurriyat leaders, according to the spokesman,
were informed that they were placed
under house arrest. Talking to TOI over phone, Mirwaiz Umar
Farooq said the state government cannot
stop the separatists to pursue their goal
of getting the Kashmir issue settled. "The
state authorities imposed curfew and
deployed forces in every nook and corner of the Valley to thwart the laying of
foundation of martyrs' memorial wall at
Eidgah today," Mirwaiz said. Schools and educational institutions were
closed for the day in the Valley.

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