Kashmir shuts to remember martyrs of July 13, 1931

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SRINAGAR,A complete shutdown is being observed in Kashmir valley today to remember the martyrs of July 13, 1931 while as restrictions have been made in parts of old city to foil any possible untoward incidents.

As per the reports that poured in to PTK, all shops and business establishments are closed across the valley while as traffic movement is largely less. Schools, banks and other offices are also closed in the most parts of valley.

Reports added that huge deployment of police and paramilitary forces has made Downtown area of Srinagar and curfew like restrictions have been imposed to foil any possible untoward incidents.The restrictions were imposed in several areas including Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, MR Gunj, Safakadal, Kralkhud and others.

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In Khanyar area of old Srinagar where the Martyrs Graveyard is located, the forces erected concertina wires at road junctions to halt the vehicular and pedestrian movement. The residents in Nowhatta, Khnayar and other adjacent areas said that the forces deployed on the roads are not allowing anyone to pass through the main roads. Deployment of forces have been also made in other sensitive parts of Kashmir.

Moreover, Baramulla-Banihal train service has been suspended today.

The shutdown call for today was given by JRL including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to remember the 22 Kashmiris martyred by the troops of Maharaja Hari Singh in 1931 after the people rose against the autocratic ruler.

The leadership had appealed people to observe this day as ‘Youm-e-Shuhada’. Mirwaiz was also scheduled to lead a protest march today from Jamia Masjid, but he was put under house arrest last evening.

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