JRL march to Badami Bagh foiled, restrictions imposed in several parts

MAJID NABI. Dated: 12/18/2018 12:38:07 AM

SRINAGAR, Dec 17: The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) march to Badami Bagh army cantonment at Batwara against killing of seven civilians in Pulwama was foiled by the government amidst stringent restrictions and complete shutdown today.
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a conglomerate of separatist groups comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, had called for three days Kashmir bandh against civilian killings by security forces post anti-militancy operation in Sirnoo village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama on Saturday last.
Seven civilians were killed and dozens others injured after government forces fired at the protesters near the site of a gunfight that left three militants and a soldier dead in Sirnoo village of Pulwama.
The three separatist leaders also asked people to march towards Badami Bagh cantonment area at Sonwar today to register their protest against the killing of seven unarmed civilians at the hands of army in Pulwama.
Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of the city including Khanyar, Safakadal, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Safakadal and Ram Munshi Bagh with partial restriction in Maisuma and Krallkhud areas ahead of JRL Badami Bagh chalo call.
Reports said additional companies of army were deployed around Badami Bagh army cantonment from Sonwar to Batwara to foil separatists march with Srinagar-Jammu national highway sealed.
Meanwhile, life was thrown out of gear on third consecutive day today in Kashmir on JRL shutdown call against Pulwama killings with stringent restrains in force in southern Pulwama for third running day.
All the shops, business establishments, fuel pumps remained closed and traffic was off the roads, however skeletal movement of private vehicles and cabs amid tight security arrangements could be seen on deserted roads.
Attendance in government offices, banks and courts was recorded thin as the employees could not make it to their workplaces due to the non-availability of public transport and stringent restrictions in parts of the summer capital.
Authorities either arrested or placed separatist leaders under house arrest to foil their proposed Badami Bagh Chalo call against Pulwama killings.
While the octogenarian separatist leader and Chairman of his faction Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani continued to be house arrest, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik who tried to march towards Badami Bagh were detained by the police along with scores of their supporters.
A spokesman of Hurriyat (G) in a statement said the police sealed the residence of Syed Ali Geelani’s to prevent him from marching towards the Badami Bagh army base.
“Police did not allow him (Geelani) to come out of his residence as they had sealed the main gate of from outside,” said a spokesman.
JKLF Chairman who had gone into hiding to make today’s call a success was detained by the police at Maisuma after he along with his dozens of supporters including men and women tried to defy restrictions and marched towards the proposed venue amid pro-freedom slogans.
Clad in shrouds, Malik and supporters with placards in their hands reading “stop civilian killings, end genocide of Kashmiri people” reached Budshah Chowk, where the deployed police personnel intercepted them and bundled them into already awaiting vehicles.
Malik’s arrest led to massive clashes in Maisuma area, which also houses the JKLF head office, between police and youth. Police fired numerous tear smoke shells and lobbed pepper canisters to disperse the agitating mob.
On the other hand, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who was under house arrest his Nigeen residence here along with his supporters also tried to march towards Badami Bagh. However, police did not allow him to proceed and detained him.
Mobile internet remained suspended in Srinagar and south Kashmir parts for the third consecutive day today while Baramulla to Banihal train service continued to remain suspended as a precautionary measure.
Various university exams scheduled for today were postponed in the wake of separatists shutdown call. Fresh notification in this regard would be issued separately.
Authorities had blocked roads leading to Badami Bagh army cantonment with barricades concertina wires at various places. Police and paramilitary forces were deployed in strength to foil JRL proposed march to Sonwar.
Adequate security arrangements were put in place in volatile old city of Srinagar with police and paramilitary troopers in full riot gear manning deserted streets.
Reports of complete shutdown on JRL call in Pulwama in south Kashmir were received wherein seven civilians were killed and dozens others injured in army firing on Saturday.
Markets wore deserted look as all the shops and commercial establishments were closed in Pulwama and its adjoining areas while traffic was off the roads. Witnesses, however, said that the day passed off peacefully in southern Kashmir district and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere.
Similar reports were received from other south Kashmir districts including, Shopian, Anantnag and Kulgam where people observed complete shutdown over the killing of seven civilians in Sirnoo Pulwama.
In north and central Kashmir districts including, Bandipora, Kupwara, Baramulla, Budgam and Ganderbal, the JRL call evoked total response as people heeding call observed complete shutdown against Pulwama episode.



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