In Pictures- Restrictions, Shutdown in Kashmir on Martyrs Day- Governor Misses, BJP Observes ‘Black Day’

July 13

Sajad Hameed

Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city on Saturday to thwart separatist called protests in connection with the Martyrs Day even as the complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir.

July 13 is being observed as Martyrs Day in Kashmir officially since the autocratic Dogra rule ended in 1947. While the separatist leadership is prevented from holding a rally on this day, the heads of the local government visit the graveyard and other tributes to the martyrs.

The Governor, Satya Pal Malik however did not attend the event, BJP also observed the day as a ‘Black Day.’

Shops, public transport and other businesses remained closed in Srinagar and many other towns in the Valley. Photo/ Sajad Hameed~ The Kashmiriyat

Heavy deployments of security forces have been made to maintain law and order in Srinagar and other places in the valley. Photo/ Mir Junaid~ The Kashmiriyat

 

A police official said restrictions were imposed in old city areas of Srinagar a precautionary measure to maintain law and order. Photo/ Mir Junaid~ The Kashmiriyat

Advisor to the governor, Khursheed Ahmad Ganai, politicians and top officers of the civil administration paid floral tributes to July 13 martyrs in Srinagar. Photo/ Sajad Hameed~ The Kashmiriyat

Ganai who was accompanied by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan offered prayers at the graves of the martyrs at the shrine of Naqshband Sahib in Nowhatta early morning. Photo/ Sajad Hameed~ The Kashmiriyat

The National Conference President, Dr. Farooq Abdullah separately visited the graveyard to offer his tributes. Photo/ Sajad Hameed~ The Kashmiriyat