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March to UNMOGIP office fails, Curfew continues in Valley


March to UNMOGIP office fails, Curfew continues in Valley

Srinagar, Aug 17 : Strict curfew was imposed in valley today on the 40th consecutive day today as authorities Wednesday foiled the UN march called by separatists' leaders by arresting Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq outside their residences when the duo attempted to move toward the UN Military Observers Group in Indian and Pakistan here at Sonawar.

Security forces including CRPF and JK police were deployed in strength on the roads that lead to the UN Office here, with roads and other streets sealed with concertina and razor wires.

Strict curfew was imposed in major towns across the valley to disallow people to march toward Srinagar.

People at several places staged sit-in when the forces stopped them from marching ahead.

The separatists including Geelani, Mirwaiz and JKLF Chief Yasin Malik had appealed people to stage sit-ins on roads if they were stopped from marching towards the UN Office.

The leadership had appealed people to march towards UN office “to impress upon the global body to intervene and resolve” the issue.

Chairman Hurriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was detained outside his Nigeen residence as soon as he tried to march towards the UN office in Sonwar, a Hurriyat spokesman said in a statement.

Mirwaiz was detained outside his Nigeen residence as soon as he tried to march.

Earlier, Hurriyat (G) chairman, Geelani was detained outside his residence here at Hyderpora when he attempted to participate in the march..

Protests sit-in were held at several places during the day. A protest march was held at Magarmal Bagh at 5.10 today afternoon, with protesters shouting pro-freedom slogans. Earlier, a sit-in was held at Nawa Kadal area of Srinagar. No major clash was reported from any part of the Valley when this report as filed in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, curfew continued to paralyse life in the Valley, with schools, shops, units closed down for over a month now, and mobile telephony and internet been shut for a month. Only BSNL post paid connections are working in the Valley and Broadband in Bemina and Lalchowk Exchanges only have been kept functional.

Shutdown is also reported in Kishtwar against killings of protestors in Kashmir. The call for shutdown was given last night by Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar Farooq Ahmed Kichloo.

The call for shutdown according to Majlis-e-Shoora was forwarded to express solidarity with the Kashmiris.

Two cops were killed, while several forces men have also been injured in the clashes that have erupted in the Kashmir Valley.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.


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