Govt imposes curbs in Lal Chowk on Gaw Kadal massacre anniversary

Srinagar, Jan 21:
Authorities imposed restrictions in Lal Chowk area on Saturday to foil protests on the 27th anniversary of Gaw Kadal massacre.

All roads leading to Gaw Kadal were sealed by police and paramilitary personnel early in the morning.
The cops enforced restrictions in Maisuma, Gaw Kadal, Ghanta Ghar, Budhshah Chowk, Abi- Guzar, Regal Lane, Basant Bagh, Habba Kadal and adjoining areas. The cops had placed barricades on the roads to restrict movement of people.
Due to restrictions, traffic movement towards Ghanta Ghar, Maisuma and Gaw Kadal areas remained suspended.
Meanwhile, on the calls of united separatist leadership, shops and other business establishments remained closed in city centre.

The shutdown was observed in the city centre to mark 27th anniversary of Gaw Kadal massacre.
At least 52 people were killed when CRPF men fired on a peaceful protest at Gaw Kadal area of uptown Srinagar on January 21, 1990. People were protesting against the detention of youth and molestation of women by forces in Chotta Bazaar area of downtown Srinagar.

Meanwhile, scores of people including leaders from both factions of Hurriyat and JKLF surfaced near Gaw Kadal bridge this afternoon. Chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, they staged a protest against the massacre.
The participants paid tributes to the martyrs and expressed their solidarity with the victim families.
On the occasion, separatist leaders vowed to take the struggle to its logical end. “The sacrifices offered by people would not go waste and bear fruit soon”.

Those who participated in the protest included Raja Mehraj-ud-din, Advocate Mohd Shafi Reshi, Mohammad Shafi Lone, Syed Mohammad Shafi, Feroz Ahmad Khan, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Molvi Bashir Ahmad, Syed Saleem Zargar, Mohammad Yasin Ataie, Mohammad Ramzan Khan.

Police had yesterday detained JKLF chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik and Hurriyat (M) leader, Hilal Ahmad War to prevent them from leading protest demonstrations on anniversary of Gaw Kadal massacre.