Restrictions imposed in parts of Kashmir to thwart protests

Restrictions in Srinagar parts lifted

The march was called after five persons were killed in the Shopian district in separate incidents.

A spokesman of Malik said the mosque has been sealed from all sides by police and CRPF, and all lanes and roads leading to the Jamia Masjid have been blocked by barricades and vehicles of the forces.

Police said restrictions under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) have been imposed in Rainawari, Nowhatta, M.R.Gunj, Safakadal, Khanyar, Maisuma and Kralkhud in Srinagar.

The police took Malik into custody as he was leaving Jamia Masjid. Earlier, he had gone into hiding for two days to evade arrest.

Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani said police have detained dozens of separatist leaders and activists ahead of Shopian March.

Praising the people of Kashmir especially youth for following the programs of pro-freedom leadership, Geelani said arrests, curfew and restrictions can't weaken the ongoing freedom struggle. Today we had chose to express our solidarity and sympathy with those slain in indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by trigger happy forces in Shopian, said he.

"Geelani condemned the "oppressive tactics" of the government and said killing, injuring, maiming and blinding people, especially the innocent civilians are the "worst forms of state terrorism." saying that Kashmir is a human and a political issue which needs to be resolved through political engagement among all the parties-people of Kashmir, India and Pakistan", he said and appealed people across Kashmir to "remain steadfast in carrying the resistance movement forward".

However, a police party deployed outside detained the Mirwaiz and lodged him at Nigeen police station.

Mirwaiz said that armed forces were given "absolute power to kill at will" in Kashmir. With no fear of prosecution or accountability Armed forces have been given absolute power by the Indian Sate to #KillAtWill in #Kashmir.

"We have suspended all train runs in the Kashmir valley after a fresh advisory was received from police last night not to operate the train, " a senior railway official told UNI.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in volatile Shopian and Pulwama districts on the ninth consecutive day Friday.

Call for the march has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to express solidarity with the families of the civilians who were recently killed in the brutal actions of Indian troops in the district.

Shopian has been restive since the January 24 encounter between militants and security forces in Chaigund village.



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