Authorities Derail ‘Sopore Chalo’

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

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Around the City, pictures by: Bilal Bahadur

The first day of Ramadhan in Kashmir coincided with shutdown and restrictions imposed by authorities over seven police stations of Srinagar to derail the scheduled march to Sopore.

Police officials said restrictions have been imposed in areas coming under seven police stations including Maisuma, Parimpora, Khanyar, Maharaj Gunj, Nowhatta, Safakadal and Rainawari to thwart “attempts of disrupting peace”.

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All roads leading to the Srinagar’s seven police stations have been blocked by drop gates, rings of concertina wires and logs.

However, in parts of uptown Srinagar and Batamaloo areas, public and private vehicles are plying and some shops have opened while traffic regulating system is out of order.

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Before today’s Sopore march against the six civilian killings there, authorities shot an official summon Thursday evening informing that it won’t allow any ‘Sopore Chalo’.

Earlier, Hurriyat (g) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani; Hurriyat (m) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq; JKLF chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik and DFP chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah had decided to reach Sopore to address a joint public meeting there after Friday prayers. While Geelani was put under house arrest, Mirwaiz was confined to his Nigeen Lake residence on Thursday while Malik has already been lodged in Police Station Kothibagh since Wednesday evening.

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Reports of restrictions and heavy deployments have also reached from Sopore and Baramulla areas.

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