Leaders offer floral tributes, prayers on Martyrs Day

Amid tight security, leaders of National Conference, Congress and opposition PDP today offered floral tributes and prayers on the occasion of Martyrs Day in the old city, where prohibitory orders remained in force along with rest of Srinagar except curfew-bound Batmaloo.

Last Updated: Jul 13, 2010, 15:46 PM IST

Srinagar: Amid tight security, leaders of
National Conference, Congress and opposition PDP today offered
floral tributes and prayers on the occasion of Martyrs Day in
the old city, where prohibitory orders remained in force along
with rest of Srinagar except curfew-bound Batmaloo.

National Conference leaders led by party president and
Union Minister Farooq Abdullah and his son Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah were the first to reach the martyrs graveyard
Naqashband Sahib in Khawja Bazar area.

The chief minister prayed for return of peace and
prosperity in the state at the Naqashband Sahib shrine, NC
sources said.

The `Martyrs Day` is observed in memory of 22 Kashmiris
who were killed on July 13, 1931 while fighting Dogra rule.

The chief minister, in his message, said "the
democratic rights that we enjoy are the result of the
sacrifices made by the martyrs."

NC leaders also offered "fateh" (prayers). Besides,
Abdullahs, those present included Finance Minister A R Rather,
Law Minister A M Sagar, legislators and senior office bearers
of the ruling party.

Senior Congress leaders and ministers in the coalition
government Taj Mohiuddin and Peerzada Mohammad Syed offered
flowers at the martyrs graveyard.

PDP patron and former chief minister Mufti Mohammad
Sayeed also visited the graveyard and paid tributes to the
martyrs.

"These martyrs with their blood wrote a new chapter in
the history of the state which created an urge among the
people for freedom and dignity," he said.

The NC leaders later convened a meeting at party
headquarters to pay homage to the martyrs.

Paying glowing tributes, state governor N N Vohra
said, "Peace and tranquillity is vital pre-requisite for
achieving progress and all the stakeholders require to work
closely together to achieve this objective."

Farooq Abdullah said the "NC is the result of the
scrifices given by the martyrs in 1931. We are indebted to
them".

Curfew was today 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 from martyrs graveyard to the UN Military
Observers Group Office for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) here.

PTI