Saturday, May 21, 2011
Govt thwarts Hurriyat (M) Eidgah rally
Undeclared curfew in old city; IGP denies
Srinagar, May 21, 2011: Authorities on Saturday imposed undeclared curfew and placed separatist leaders under house arrest to thwart a rally in Eidgah marking the anniversaries of the killing of Mirwaiz Moulvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone.
It was for the first time in over two decades that authorities prevented separatist leaders from holding the annual event to honour Moulvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone.
Police strung barbed wire to seal off the area around Eidgah where separatists were scheduled to lay foundation stone of ‘martyrs’ wall’.
Police and para-military CRPF troopers restricted movement of people in old city areas. Even media persons were stopped at several places by the policemen and CRPF troopers. “We have clear instructions from higher ups not to allow anybody to move. We have been asked to stop media persons and even students,” a policeman posted at Saidakadal bridge told this reporter and asked him to go back.
Reports said at several places media persons were beaten up while they were performing their professional duties. (KNS)