The leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – coalition partner in Sayeed’s government – chose to stay away from the official function.
By News Desk
Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have imposed restrictions in parts of summer capital Srinagar and placed under house arrest top separatist leaders to prevent their proposed joint march to martyrs’ graveyard on Monday.
A senior police officer said that restrictions have been imposed in areas falling under six police stations, Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Safa Kadal and Maisuma.
Last week, the pro-freedom camp had announced a joint march to the graveyard from the Grand Mosque in downtown Srinagar.
“This time, there would be no traditional strike call, but we appeal all Kashmiris to reach the Jamia Masjid and participate in the march to pay homage to July 13 martyrs,” a separatist leader said last week.
At least 22 unarmed Kashmiris were gunned down by soldiers of Dogra Maharaja Hari Singh on this day in 1931 who were protesting against his brutalities.
Senior separatist leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, Miwaiz Umer Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah and Nayeem Khan were placed under house arrest yesterday to prevent their participation in the march.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, former CM Omar Abdullah, and other leaders of pro-India parties reached the martyrs’ graveyard under tight security and offered floral tributes.
Paying rich tributes to the martyrs, Sayeed said the state will never forget the huge sacrifices of its bravehearts against suppression and autocracy.
“It was a unique struggle that culminated in the sacrifice by our Martyrs, who scripted a new dawn in the history of the State which laid the edifice for democracy and human dignity of people,” he said, according to an official handout.
However, the leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), coalition partner of Sayeed’s government, chose to stay away from the official function.
The BJP celebrates the Dogra Maharaja rule in Jammu and Kashmir as a golden period.
State BJP vice president Ramesh Arora has said those killed in 1931 had risen against a genuine ruler of the state.