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August 5 anniversary: Strict restrictions in Valley, meeting called by Farooq stopped

Written by Bashaarat Masood
, Naveed Iqbal
| Srinagar |

Printed: August 6, 2020 1:25:22 am

Tight safety in Srinagar Wednesday. (The Press Reporter picture by Shuaib Masoodi)

The J&Ok administration on Wednesday prevented a gathering of mainstream political leaders convened by former Chief Minister and Nationwide Convention president Farooq Abdullah at his Gupkar Street residence. On August four final yr, all mainstream political leaders within the Valley met on the similar place, ensuing within the Gupkar Declaration.

Whereas the street resulting in Abdullah’s residence was blocked by police with concertina wire and armoured autos, leaders of mainstream events invited by Abdullah weren’t allowed to maneuver out of their homes.

At the same time as the federal government on Tuesday night introduced that curfew had been lifted in Srinagar, civilian motion was strictly restricted within the metropolis and different elements of the Valley; roads had been barricaded and policemen stated that they had strict orders to impose curfew.

“One yr on, that is Gupkar Street at the moment – police autos reverse our gates, concertina wire strung throughout the street at common intervals & no autos allowed. My father had referred to as a gathering of leaders of mainstream events to deliberate on the present scenario,” former CM and NC vice-president Omar Abdullah tweeted. “One yr later the authorities are nonetheless too afraid to permit us to satisfy a lot much less perform any regular political exercise. This worry speaks volumes concerning the true scenario on the bottom in Kashmir.”

As native BJP leaders hoisted the Tricolour in elements of the Valley to rejoice one yr of abrogation of J&Ok’s particular standing, Omar termed it BJP’s “hypocrisy”.

“BJP displaying its hypocrisy. They’ll collect & rejoice. The remainder of us can’t even meet to debate what’s occurring in J&Ok,” Omar stated in one other tweet.

The BJP marked the day by hoisting the nationwide flag on the occasion headquarters at Srinagar and different areas within the districts. In Srinagar, BJP spokesperson Altaf Thakur stated, “Immediately the dream of BJP founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee stands fulfiled as there’s solely Ek Pradhan, Ek Nishan and Ek Samvidhaan.”

On Tuesday Abdullah had invited political leaders to his residence to “deliberate on the present scenario”. He had invited leaders of the PDP, Congress, Peoples Convention and different smaller events.

The leaders, nevertheless, weren’t allowed to depart their residences. “Our occasion president (Ghulam Ahmad Mir) was imagined to attend the assembly,” Congress vice-president Ghulam Nabi Monga stated. “However he was not allowed to maneuver out.”

Rajya Sabha member Mir Mohammad Fayaz, who was imagined to characterize the PDP within the assembly, stated he was not allowed by the police to maneuver out. “Even within the night, I needed to go to my sister, however was stopped. They aren’t permitting me to maneuver out,” he stated.

Because the PDP noticed a ‘black day’, occasion spokesperson Suhail Bukhari stated their leaders and functionaries had been detained forward of deliberate protests.

PDP normal secretary Surinder Choudhary together with different staff protested in Jammu whereas PDP youth wing provincial secretary Arif Laigroo and different occasion activists protested in Srinagar.

CPM chief M Y Tarigami stated he was advised that he can’t attend the assembly. “As I used to be getting ready to depart, my safety personnel knowledgeable that I’m not allowed to maneuver out,” he advised The Indian The Press Reporter. “However we won’t surrender.”

“Locks on gates, lock downs as celebrations and lies as defences has been the hallmark of final yr…,” Tarigami tweeted.

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