Authorities Sunday imposed restrictions on pedestrian and vehicular traffic in five areas of Srinagar city as a separatist march was scheduled. The district magistrate of Srinagar has issued an order under Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code, barring any gathering of five or more people at a time, in the old city areas of Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal. “These are the preventive measures to maintain law and order in the city,” a senior police officer told . Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, who heads the moderate separatist Hurriyat group, was put under house arrest in his uptown Nigeen residence here.
Separatists have called for a march to the martyrs’ graveyard in Naqashband Sahib area of the city Sunday to commemorate the martyrdom of 21 people killed July 13, 1931, in a firing incident outside the central jail in Srinagar by the Dogra forces.
The martyrs of 1931 firing incident were buried in the graveyard in the Naqashband Sahib shrine complex.
Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers have been deployed in the old city areas, where restrictions have been imposed both on pedestrians and traffic.