Authorities foil Shopian chalo, Geelani, Mirwaiz barred to march towards Shopian

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Srinagar, : Authorities on Wednesday foiled Shopian chalo march called by the Joint resistance Leadership (JRL) by imposing restrictions in Srinagar areas.
The JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had called for Shopian chalo to exhibit solidarity with the bereaved families of Shopian whose beloved were killed on Sunday.
However, the restrictions were imposed in Srinagar areas falling under the jurisdiction of police stations Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Khanyar, M R Gunj and partial restrictions in Kral Khud and Maisuma.
Locals said that forces in large number were deployed in downtown areas since the wee hours of this morning.
Besides restrictions in Old city areas, the authorities also didn’t allow Geelani and Mirwaiz to march towards Shopian.
Hurriyat leaders said that Geelani tried to step out from his residence today but a posse of policemen deployed outside his residence cum office at Hyderpora prevented him from coming out.
Mirwaiz also tried to defy the restrictions put in place in view of Shopian march but police foiled his attempt and detained him.
Mirwaiz came out of his residence at Nigeen in Srinagar and tried to march towards Shopian.
However, a police party detained the Mirwaiz and lodged him at Nigeen police station.
However, Malik was detained from his residence on Monday and has been shifted to Srinagar’s central jail on judicial remand.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed for the fourth consecutive day across the Valley against the Shopian killings.
13 militants, four civilians and three Army troopers were killed during the encounters that raged between forces and militants in Shopian and Anantnag districts of South Kashmir on Sunday.
On Tuesday, a youth identified as Gowhar Ahmad Rather from Kangan who was injured on Monday also succumbed to his injuries, taking the death toll of civilians to five.
All the shops, business establishments, educational institutions, petrol pumps and others remained closed today while the traffic was also thin on the roads.
The educational institutions across the Valley continued to remain closed for the fourth straight day today in view of the prevailing situation across the Valley.
The train services also remained suspended for the fourth consecutive day in Kashmir.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir range, S P Pani told KNS that the situation across the Valley remained peaceful throughout the day. (KNS)

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