Srinagar: Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in large parts of Srinagar on Saturday to foil Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s rally to commemorate his father’s death anniversary.
The authorities laid razor wires on all stretches leading to historic Jamia Masjid, considered bastion of the Mirwaiz clan. The restrictions were also laid at the Martyrs Graveyard in Eidgah, where the Mirwaiz’s father was buried.
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz’s shutdown call has brought life to a standstill in the Kashmir Valley. All shops, colleges and private business centres remained closed in Srinagar and other districts.
“Restrictions have been imposed in areas falling under the jurisdiction of seven police stations in Srinagar city today. The police stations whose areas shall remain under restrictions include Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Rainawari, Safa Kadal, Maisuma and Nigeen,” said Farooq Ahmad Lone, district magistrate of Srinagar.
Mirwaiz’s father Moulana Muhammad Farooq was assassinated by unknown gunmen at his residence on May 21, 1990.