“Restrictions in to prevent Shopian march”
Srinagar, April 04: Curfew and restrictions were imposed by the authorities across the Kashmir to prevent a solidarity march towards Shopian, today.
Call for the march was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership to express solidarity with the people and families of 18 martyrs, killed by the troops on Sunday. The authorities sealed all main roads and highways including Pulwama-Shopian highway with barricades. The troops were deployed in large numbers in Srinagar, Pulwama and South Kashmir districts to prevent the march.
Indian police barred the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, from coming out of his Hyd0erpora residence while arrested Mirwaiz Umar Farooq after he defied his house arrest and tried to march towards Shopian town. The authorities continued to put Hurriyat leaders Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Yasin Malik under house arrest or in jail.
Complete shutdown was observed on the fourth consecutive day, today, against the Shopian killings. All business establishments were closed while public transport was sparse. Government offices were empty, while schools, colleges and Kashmir University remained closed. All university exams were postponed. The authorities continued to suspend train and internet services. Clashes were reported between protesters and Indian troops in Shopian and other parts of the territory.
Meanwhile, Indian Supreme Court has endorsed that the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, is not a temporary provision. The Indian apex court gave the ruling while hearing a petition filed against a similar verdict given by Delhi High Court in April 2017. Interestingly, the High Court of occupied Kashmir while rebutting the Indian claim of Kashmir being part of India had in October 2015 ruled that Jammu and Kashmir had never been part of India and that Article 370 of Indian Constitution that deals with the status of Jammu and Kashmir was beyond abrogation, repeal or even amendment.