Srinagar: Curfew was on Tuesday clamped in
Batmaloo area of Srinagar and Sopore town while prohibitory
orders remained in force in rest of the Kashmir Valley ahead
of a march planned by separatists to the UN Military Observers
Group Office for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) here.
Curfew was imposed in Batmaloo in central Srinagar and
Sopore in North Kashmir as a precautionary measure while
restrictions under section 144 CrPC are being strictly
enforced in rest of the Valley, police said.
They said the step was taken ahead of a call given by
moderate Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq to
take out a procession to the office of UNMOGIP at Sonawar near
Police and paramilitary troops were patrolling the
deserted streets to maintain law and order in the entire
Mirwaiz, who was placed under house arrest on Saturday
when he tried to lead a protest demonstration in the old city,
had given a call for a march to UNMOGIP from the martyrs
graveyard at Naqashband Sahib to hand over a memorandum to UN
representatives seeking to implement the resolutions passed by
the UN for resolving the Kashmir issue.
Besides Mirwaiz, senior executive member of Hurriyat
Aga Syed Hassan Alsafvi Almosvi has been placed under house
arrest. Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani is
already under detention.
The Geelani led faction had also planned a rally from
martyrs graveyard to Eidgah to pay homage to 22 people who
died on July 13, 1931 during the Dogra rule.