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10000 additional troops ensure peace
The violence free day come at the cost of severe restrictions, undeclared curfew and transporting of thousands of additional troops into the Srinagar.
To make July 13 incident free, authorities had deployed over 10,000 additional troops forcing the 13 lakh population of Srinagar to remain indoors.
“Over 10,000 additional troops were deployed for duty in Srinagar,” said a senior police officer who is not authorised to talk to the media.
The authorities had laid concertina wires on every street leading to Naqshband Sahib shrine, which houses the Martyrs Graveyard.
Police also used barbed coils on the walls fencing the shrine besides deploying troops on rooftops to ensure people do not pelt stones at the mainstream politicians coming to offer Fateh prayers at the graveyard.
All routes leading to Naqshband Sahib were sealed. Nobody was allowed to even venture.
Even if authorities claimed to have imposed section 144 in Srinagar, in old city undeclared curfew was clamped. The authorities put the residents under virtual “lock-up” in their own houses.
Soon after morning prayers, residents said troops wearing riot gear laced with lathis and guns were spread in every lane and bylane of the Old City.
“They did not allow us to come out,” said a resident of Habba Kadal. “We could not buy bread and milk for morning tea.”
In the past one month, hardly a day passed when some violent incident did not occur. Almost 15 civilian youth were killed in the firing by troops while hundreds of civilians were injured, most of them receiving bullet injuries injured in the month-long clashes.
Police and paramilitary troops armed with riot gear were deployed in large numbers in the Old City restricting the movement of people in areas like Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari, Bohri Kadal, Eidgah, Nawa Kadal, Safa Kadal.
While administration denied imposition of curfew in any part of the City, residents of Batamaloo said police made curfew announcements through loudspeakers at 6 am.
“There was no curfew in the City. The day passed off peacefully. No untoward incident was reported from anywhere,” Deputy Commissioner Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo told Rising Kashmir.
Roads leading to Naqashband Sahib shrine were also seized as concertina wires and other blockades were put in place at various points.
Only the vehicles of politicians and the other high rung government officials were allowed to move on the roads leading to Mazar-e-Shuhada at Khawaja Bazaar.
Besides, severe restrictions authorities also placed the chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest for the second consecutive day.
Hurriyat (M) spokesman Shahidul Islam was also placed under house arrest.
Mirwaiz had called for observance of 13th July as Yomi-Istiqlal (Solidarity Day) to remember the sacrifices of the martyrs who laid their lives for freedom of Kashmir.
Mirwaiz had proposed a march to the office of United National Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to submit a memorandum against the killing of 15 youth allegedly by police and paramilitary troops during the past one month.
Condemning the restriction on the movement of people by enforcing undeclared curfew, Mirwaiz in a statement issued here said: “By imposing declared or undeclared curfew or using huge contingents of Indian police, Indian troops and Indian Army and by not allowing people to pay homage to their martyrs, India has not been able to and will never be able to deter the sentiment of people toward achieving freedom.”
Meanwhile, situation in uptown areas including Natipora, Rambagh, Hyderpora, Channapora, Baghi Mehtab and adjoining areas remain tense as Section 144 and severe restrictions remained in place.
South / North
The situation in the south Kashmir’s Islamabad town remained relatively peaceful after strict restrictions were put in place in most parts of the district.
Police and paramilitary troops were deployed in strength in the old town areas including Malakh Nag, Cheeni Chowk and Reshi Bazaar.
Clashes broke out after police allegedly arrested two youth in Kulgam town forcing authorities to clamp curfew in the district.
Meanwhile, Sopore remained calm as undeclared curfew was imposed in the north Kashmir’s apple town.
However, people raised pro-freedom and pro-Islam slogans on Masjid loudspeakers.
Restrictions under Section 144 were also imposed in the most parts of Baramulla District including the main town.