Strict curfew, other restrictions to prevent march in IIOJK

Srinagar, May 21 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the occupation authorities intensified curfew and other restrictions, today, to prevent people from conducting a march towards Mazar-e-Shuhada at Eidgah in Srinagar and holding prayer meetings.

Call for the march and prayer meetings was given by the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, to pay tributes to prominent martyred Hurriyat leaders, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone, as well as the martyrs of Hawal massacre on their martyrdom anniversaries.

 The occupation authorities deployed Indian military, paramilitary and police personnel in strength in Srinagar and other cities and towns of the territory to restrict the movement of the people. Indian forces’ personnel did not allow media persons to visit the downtown area of Srinagar and report the ground situation. The authorities continued to keep Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest even on his father’s martyrdom anniversary. He has been under illegal and arbitrary house arrest since 05 August 2019. Juma prayers could not be held at historic Jamia Masjid, Dargah Hazratbal and other main mosques, dargahs and imambargahs in Srinagar and other areas of the occupied territory due to severe restrictions.

Meanwhile, the All Parties Harriet Conference Chief Spokesperson, Ghulam Muhammad Nagoo, in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the fascist Modi-led Indian government for imposing strict curfew and restrictions to prevent people from offering homage to their martyred leaders and mourners who were killed ruthlessly by the Indian agencies and their mentors in uniform in 1990 and 2002 on this day. He said that such tactics would not deter the Kashmiri people from treading their chosen path of freedom.

Ghulam Muhammad Nagoo, and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Farida Bahenji, Jahangir Ghani Butt, Jammu and Kashmir Employee Movement, Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami, Umat-e-Islami and rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in their statements and meetings said that the services and contribution of Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone for the Kashmir cause would continue to inspire the Kashmiri generations.

Indian troops continued their violent cordon and search operations in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Sopore, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipore, Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Rajouri, Poonch, Kishtwar, Ramban and Doda districts, subjecting the local residents to huge inconvenience.

On the other hand, the IIOJK authorities terminated two government teachers from Kupwara from their services for supporting the ongoing freedom movement. With this, the number of employees terminated on charges of being involved in anti-India activities has gone to six, which also include a Deputy Superintendent of Police.

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