SRINAGAR: The authorities Sunday foiled a march called by separatist leadership to United Nations Military Observers Group (UNMOG) office at Sonawar here by imposing restrictions in several parts of Srinagar and placing under house arrest separatist leaders and arresting some others.
Normal life was affected in Valley due to a shutdown called by separatists against the allegedly human rights on the international human rights day. The areas under restrictions were Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari, M.R. Gunj, Safa Kadal, Maisuma and Kralkhud. “Partial restrictions were imposed in Kothibagh and Ram Munshibagh areas,” the police said.
The police and para-military personnel had sealed the roads and bridges by barbed wire and heavy vehicles. The restrictions disallowed the movement of people and vehicles.
JKLF chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik had gone underground. But later, police arrested him and foiled his attempt to march towards the UN Observers’ office in Sonawar Srinagar.
Authorities had placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest while the octogenarian senior separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani continued to remain under house arrest. Heavy contingents of police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were deployed in the areas placed under restrictions.
Reports said JKLF chairman along with supporters tried to march towards Sonawar from Maisuma. However, police swung into action and detained him. He was lodged in Kothi Bagh police station.
Prior to his arrest Malik read out the memorandum which he was scheduled to hand over at UNMOG office. The memorandum highlighted the alleged human rights violations in Kashmir and UN role towards Kashmir issue.
Because of the shutdown, the public transport was off the roads. However, private vehicles were seen plying in some areas. Shops and other business establishments, which usually remain open on Sundays, were also closed.