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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Prohibitory orders imposed in Kashmir Valley

PTI  Srinagar, July 13, 2013
First Published: 13:36 IST(13/7/2013) | Last Updated: 13:41 IST(13/7/2013)

Prohibitory orders were on Saturday imposed in the city as a precautionary measure ahead of the separatists' call for march to Martyr's graveyard.

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"Section 144 CrPC has been imposed in Srinagar to maintain law and order in view of the separatists' call for march to Martyr's graveyard," official sources said.

Both the factions of Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have called for a strike and march to Martyrs' graveyard at Naqshband Sahib to pay homage to 22 persons killed in firing by Dogra soldiers on this day in 1931.

The separatist leaders were put under house arrest by police on Friday, the sources said.

Curfew-like situation prevailed in downtown Srinagar as the security forces strictly imposed Section 144 CrPC which bans assembly of four or more persons at any place without prior permission.

Most of the shops and other business establishments across the Kashmir Valley remained closed due to the strike.

Public transport remained off the roads, while few private cars could be seen plying the roads in the uptown city and other major towns of the Valley.

Chief minister Omar Abdullah, his cabinet colleagues, former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, and leaders of National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party paid tributes to the martyrs this morning at the graveyard amidst tight security.

More than 22 men were shot dead by the soldiers of Kashmir's Dogra ruler on July 13, 1931, after the people of Kashmir rose against the rule of the Maharaja and demanded their rights.

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