Restrictions imposed to foil AAC rally

Restrictions imposed to foil AAC rally


SRINAGAR, May 20: Restrictions were today imposed by the authorities on the movement of people and vehicles in several parts of old city of Srinagar.

The restrictions affected the normal life in the areas. Authorities said the restrictions were imposed as a precautionary measure in view of the call of a rally by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led party Awami Action Committee (AAC) at the party headquarters Mirwaiz Manzil, Rajouri Kadal, and unfurling of the party flag at Hawal Chowk in connection with the Hafta-e-Shahadat (martyrs’ week).

AAC has been observing the martyrs’ week in connection with the death anniversaries of Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone tomorrow. Separatist leadership has called for march towards Eidgah tomorrow to pay tributes to Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone.

Reports said that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest today.

In the statement issued by AAC, workers and delegates from different districts of Jammu and Kashmir districts had reached here to participate in the party rally. However, the authorities imposed strict curbs and barred people from reaching Rajouri Kadal. Roads were sealed with reams of concertina wires and the heavy deployment of police and CRPF men.

Strongly protesting the government’s decision of disallowing the rally AAC and also strongly condemned the continuous house detention of its patron Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, for the past three days. AAC termed the government decision of disallowing the AAC rally as dictatorial and vengeful.

The statement said the huge participation of people in the previous programs of Hafta-e-Shahadat unnerves the rulers as it brings to fore peoples committed to the mission of martyrs. The statement said that leaders like Mirwaiz Mohamammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone sacrificed their lives for a great and sacred people’s cause and every citizen of Kashmir is duty bound to honour and take forward their mission.

The statement condemned the police raids on AAC workers, activists, and leaders terming it acceptance of defeat by the government. The AAC appealed the people of Kashmir to march towards Eidgah on May 21 “where resistance leadership will address the gathering and reaffirm the pledge to take forward the mission of martyrs.”

News Updated at : Monday, May 21, 2018