Police foils separatist march to BB Cantt

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Dec 17: Authorities today foiled a protest march to Badami Bagh Army cantonment called by separatists by imposing restrictions in parts of Srinagar and detaining the separatist leaders while shutdown was observed for the third consecutive day across the Valley against the civilian killings in Pulwama on the week end.
A three-day shutdown and a protest march to Badami Bagh today against the killings in Pulwama was called by separatists against Pulwama killings.
Authorities in Srinagar had imposed restrictions in Srinagar areas falling under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Khanyar, Rainawari, Maharaj Gunj and Maisuma Police Stations.
A large contingent of police and paramilitary forces were deployed in the Old City to thwart any protests and march to BB cantonment. Click here to watch video
The traffic was not allowed to ply on Pantha Chowk-Sonwar- Dalgate road stretch by the Traffic Police as they had issued an advisory ahead of the march. No traffic was allowed to ply on Gupkar road stretch from Grand Place crossing.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani continued to remain under house arrest while police detained Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Molvi Umar Farooq outside his Nigeen residence after he tried to take out a protest march to Badami Bagh Cantonment Srinagar.
Mirwaiz defied the house arrest and took out a protest march along with dozens of his supporters but was detained outside his Nigeen residence by Police personnel who were deployed in strength.
Chairman of JKLF Mohammad Yasin Malik was also detained at Budshah Bridge when he tried to lead a protest march to Badami Bagh Srinagar. Malik too took out a protest march from Maisuma bund here after he went into hiding for two days to evade arrest but was stopped near Budshah Bridge.
Shops and other business establishments, petrol pumps and educational institutions remain closed while as traffic was also off the roads.
Clashes also erupted at scores of places including Mahjoor Nagar, Soura, Eidgah, Kani Kadal, Nowgam and Nai Sadak during which security forces fired tear gas to disperse them. However, the situation across the Valley remained peaceful and under control.
The train services from Baramulla to Banihal continued to remain suspended for the third consecutive here as ‘a security reason’. However, authorities this evening announced that train service will resume between Srinagar and Baramulla but will continue to remain suspended on Banihal-Srinagar sector.