Kashmir shuts on Molvi Farooq, Gani Lone’s death anniversaries

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Srinagar

A complete shutdown is being observed on Tuesday in the Kashmir valley to mark the death anniversaries of late Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone.

A deserted view of Lalchowk Srinagar during shutdown on death anniversaries of late Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone on May 21, 2019. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

All shops, business establishments, government and private offices remained closed while as public transport is mostly off the roads.

Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq was killed on May 21, 1990, while Lone was killed on May 21, 2002, by unknown gunmen. On the same day, a huge procession carrying Mirwaiz Farooq’s coffin was fired upon by CRPF men at Hawal in Srinagar in which more than 60 civilians were killed.

Besides imposing restrictions in areas falling under five police stations in old Srinagar city to foil the proposed march called by resistance leaders to Eidgah to commemorate the death anniversaries of late Mirwaiz and Lone, the authorities had placed Mirwaiz under house arrest at his Nigeen residence on Monday evening.

A CRPF personnel stand guard during restriction in the downtown area of Srinagar on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Heavy contingents of police forces have been deployed in the area and all educational institutions in Srinagar were closed by the authorities.

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