Lal Chowk Chalo In Pictures

by Bilal Bahadur

Srinagar: Normal life remained affected for the second consecutive day on Tuesday as the authorities imposed restrictions in certain parts of the Srinagar to foil a sit-in protest by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) at Lal Chowk over the killing of seven civilians in a blast in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday.

Huge number of police and paramilitary personnel were deployed to foil JRL protests.

All roads leading to Lal Chowk’s historic Ghanta Ghar (clock tower) were sealed with concertina wires while a large number of police and paramilitary personnel were deployed to foil any attempt by the joint resistance leadership to reach there, reports said.

Yasin Malik detained to foil ‘Lal Chowk March’ in Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik who had gone into hiding to evade arrest was detained in Lal Chowk after he led a march of his supporters towards the Ganta Ghar.

A Hurriyat activist shouts slogans after she was detained by policemen during a protest march in Srinagar, Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was detained and lodged at police station Nigeen after he defied his house arrest and tried to march towards Lal Chowk.

Mirwaiz was detained after he defied house arrest and attempted to march towards Lal Chowk to protest against the Kulgam killings.

Amid curfew-like restrictions, scores of the members of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) members led by Yasin Khan took out a protest march through Residency road and staged a sit-in at Regal Chowk where police had erected a barricade.

Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) members staged a sit-in protest against Kulgam killings.

KCCI Secretary General, Farooq Amin, in a statement issued here said the KCCI members were prevented from proceeding towards Lal Chowk. “Despite strict restrictions, a large number of members of the Chamber participated in the protest march. The protest was led by Senior Vice President, Nasir Hamid Khan,” he said.

Members of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry also staged sit-in protest near Regal Chowk against the civilian killings

Police foiled the march of National Conference and detained scores of its leaders after they tried to march towards Raj Bhavan against the recent killing spree in Kashmir.

National Conference leaders staged a protest march against civilian killings in Kulgam on Tuesday 23 October 2018.

Shops, private offices, and other business establishments remained shut in many parts of the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, while public transport was off the roads.

A huge contingent of Paramilitary personnel stands guard during restrictions in Lalchowk area.

The authorities also imposed restrictions in parts of the old city as a “precautionary measure” to maintain law and order.

The Joint resistance leadership had not called for a strike on Tuesday, but the authorities shut down all educational institutions and postponed examinations.


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