Kashmir shuts to remember July 13 martyrs

Srinagar

A complete shutdown is being observed all over the valley on Saturday to remember the martyrs of July 13, 1931.

A deserted view of Lalchowk Srinagar during shutdown on July 13, 2019. 
KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The strike call was given by joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and incarcerated Muhammad Yasin Malik.

All commercial establishments, including shops and private establishments, remained closed while traffic is off the roads.

Authorities had imposed strict curfew in Srinagar parts and in other major towns of the Kashmir valley to thwart the protests.

On July 13, 1931, the troops of autocratic Dogra Maharaja had martyred twenty-two Kashmiris outside the central jail in Srinagar while court proceedings against Abdul Qadeer were taking place. Qadeer had called upon Kashmiris to defy the Dogra rule, resulting in his imprisonment.

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