Authorities foil ‘Shopian chalo’

Authorities foil ‘Shopian chalo’
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Srinagar, Mar 7: Authorities on Wednesday foiled the ‘Shopian Chalo’ programme called by the joint resistance leadership (JRL) by clamping restrictions in Srinagar’s old city and more strictly in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
While calling for Shopian Chalo, the JRL had also urged people to observe complete shutdown against the shifting of prisoners outside Valley jails.
Authorities imposed strict restrictions in twin districts of south Kashmir including Pulwama and Shopian and all roads leading to Shopian were sealed by government forces. Barricades were erected at multiple places.
Reports said that amid restrictions, people in several parts of Pulwama tried to march towards Shopian but were stopped by police.
Strict restrictions were imposed in Srinagar’s old city and Maisuma.
Both Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq defied the house arrest to march towards Shopian but police stopped Geelani and detained Mirwaiz outside his Nigeen residence.
Reports of protests were received from Memander, DPL, Mini Secretariat in Shopian, Nowgam Bypass, Mochow, Mehjoor Nagar, near Sopore Police Station and Papchan Bandipora.
At least 10 persons are said to have received injuries during the clashes. Among the injured, Arsalan Basher Turray, brother of the militant Zubair Ahmad Turray suffered in injuries.
A police official said that overall the situation remained peaceful in the twin districts.
“There were no reports of any untoward incident from anywhere in the valley although some stray stone pelting incidents were reported from some places,” he said.
The joint resistance leadership (JRL) in a statement had said on Monday: “Shopian massacre by Indian colonial forces has once again demonstrated the brutal face of Indian democracy in Kashmir. RSS-backed PDP regime along with all pro-India politicians and political parties are directly responsible for this massacre.
It had asked people to march towards Shopian on 7 March 2018 and pay homage to martyrs and also observe complete shutdown against shifting of Kashmiri inmates from Srinagar to Jammu.
On Monday, JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik along with Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri and Ghulam Muhammad Dar have shifted to central jail Srinagar till 10 March 2018, on a judicial remand.
On Sunday, four youths and two militants were killed in army firing at Pahnoo village of Shopian. While army had said the youth were accompanying the militants and were killed in an encounter along with them and police had said it was investigating the matter. The chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had said the youth were “caught in the crossfire”. (GNS)