‘Martyr’s Memorial’ Row: Shutdown Enters 7th day

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

As the shutdown in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district entered 7th day Wednesday against the police rejection to allow people to erect ‘Martyr’s Memorial’ in the district, Police installed food stalls where from large number of people made purchases of essential food items.

Eyewitnesses told CNS that Police Wednesday came to people’s aid after it installed food stalls at Rajpora Chowk of the district. Large number of people thronged to these food stalls and purchased eatables including vegetables, pulses and other essential items.

Since December 25, the day when Omais Ahmed, a LeT militant was killed, normal life restored for only a single day.  Due to continuous disruption and shutdown, there is acute shortage of eatables and medicines in the district.

The shutdown call has been forwarded by group of youth who wish to erect ‘Martyr’s Memorial’ in Shaheed Park, the move resented by police. “The Martyr’s Memorial’ carries the images of militants. It will have negative impact on the youth if we allow it. We don’t want youth get inspired from these slain militants,” a police official on condition of anonymity said  adding that those youth who insist on their demand “are backed by militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba”.

However, locals see otherwise and believe that there is nothing wrong if they will be allowed to erect memorial. “The slain militants are our own children. They are locals, loved and respected by all,” said a respectable citizen of the district.

Meanwhile, the scores of youth asked all the banks including Jammu Kashmir Bank, LIC office to close their business till ‘Martyr’s Memorial’ is not erected in the district.

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