SRINAGAR, Feb 2: Authorities today foiled the Shopian march programme called by the separatist Hurriyat Conference by clamping restrictions in Srinagar’s old city and in south Kashmir’s Shopian district. Click here to watch video
Authorities imposed strict restrictions in twin districts of South Kashmir including Pulwama and Shopian and all roads leading to Shopian were sealed by security forces. Barricades were erected at multiple places to prevent movement of vehicles and people.
Amid curfew, people in several parts of Pulwama tried to march towards Shopian but were stopped by police. Strict restrictions were imposed in Srinagar’s old city and Maisuma.
Both Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq defied the house arrest to march towards Shopian but police stopped Geelani and detained Mirwaiz outside his Nigeen residence.
Mohammad Yasin Malik had gone into hiding since Wednesday and he managed to reach Shopain where he addressed people at Jamia Masjid. He was arrested soon after he came out of Masjid.
Protests were received from Muran Chowk, Haal, Shirmal, Pulwama, Shopian, Bun Bazaar, Mimander, Sarnal Anantnag, Adigam, Natipora, Nawakadal and Haal Rajpora.
A police official said that overall the situation remained peaceful in the twin districts. “There were no reports of any untoward incident from anywhere in the Valley although some stray stone pelting incidents were reported from some places,” he said.