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People cordoned, politicians pray at Martyrs Graveyard
All roads leading to martyrs graveyard Naqashband Sahib were sealed by police and paramilitary soldiers. The cops had placed barricades and razor wires on the roads to restrict movement of people. The police and CRPF men enforced curfew and tougher restrictions and did not allow people to venture out of their homes.
Hundreds of police and CRPF men were deployed in uptown as well and they enforced restrictions.
“Restrictions were in place throughout Srinagar city as a precautionary measure to protect civilian life and property from the designs of anti-social elements,” a senior police officer said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah visited the martyrs graveyard and laid flower wreaths on the graves of July 13, 1931 martyrs. He also offered Fateh on the occasion.
Paying rich tributes to the martyrs, Omar highlighted their sacrifices and said that they laid edifice for democracy, social justice and independence.
Union Minister for New and Renewal Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Speaker Legislative Assembly Mohammad Akbar Lone, Minister for Finance Abdul Rahim Rather , Minister for Rural Development Ali Mohammad Sagar, Minister for School Education Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Hassan Mir, Minister for PHE and Flood Control Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Minister for Medical Education R. S. Chib , Advisor to Chief Minister Mubarak Gul, Minister of State for Haj and Auqaf Aijaz Ahmad Khan, Member Parliament G.N. Rattanpuri, Director General of Police Kuldeep Khuda and Senior Civil and Police Officers were present on the occasion.
On the occasion a contingent of J&K Police presented the guard of honour.
State Congress chief Saifuddin Soz and PDP patron and former chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed also visited the graveyard and paid homage to the martyrs.
It was on July 13, 1931, when people revolting against the autocratic rule of Dogra Maharaja, Hari Singh, stormed the central jail in Srinagar city. The jail guards retaliated by opening fire and killing many people.
The people killed in the central jail firing were buried in the graveyard that has since been known as the martyrs’ graveyard here.
After the turmoil broke out here in 1990, those killed during the violence were buried at Eidgah area in Old City since there was not enough space in the existing martyrs’ graveyard in the city.
The burial ground in Eidgah area has since also been known as the martyrs’ graveyard.