Kashmir unrest: Cops stop Mirwaiz Umar Farooq's march to UNMOG office

An attempt by moderate Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to lead a march to the office of the United Nations Military Observors Group (UNMOG) over the Kashmir situation was on Wednesday scuttled by the police

PTI August 17, 2016 18:38:32 IST
Kashmir unrest: Cops stop Mirwaiz Umar Farooq's march to UNMOG office

Srinagar: An attempt by moderate Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to lead a march to the office of the United Nations Military Observors Group (UNMOG) over the Kashmir situation was on Wednesday scuttled by the police.

Kashmir unrest Cops stop Mirwaiz Umar Farooqs march to UNMOG office

File photo of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Reuters

Mirwaiz defied house arrest and tried to take out the march from his Nigeen residence along with a dozen of his supporters on Wednesday afternoon but police stopped them and took them into custody, officials said.

They said he was lodged at Nigeen police station.

The separatists had given a call for a march to the UN office to impress upon the world body to intervene and resolve the Kashmir issue.

Authorities had deployed police and paramilitary forces in strength in Srinagar, sealing all roads leading to the UNMOG office in Sonawar area of Srinagar.

Prior to his detention, Mirwaiz said the proposed march to the UNMOG was aimed at attracting the attention of the UN towards the "grave" situation in the Valley.

"The UN must stand up and take necessary steps to stop human rights violations and resolve Kashmir issue," he said.

Terming the situation in the valley as "grave and explosive", the Hurriyat chairman said the UN needs to play a "positive role" to resolve Kashmir issue.

A group of lawyers led by High Court Bar Association president Mian Abdul Qayoom also tried to take out a march from the High Court complex but were stopped by police at Budshah Chowk bridge, the officials said.

Carrying placards and banners demanding intervention of the UN to resolve Kashmir issue, the lawyers also demanded punishment to the killers of 63 persons during the ongoing unrest in the Valley.

The lawyers returned to the High Court complex after staging a peaceful sit-in at Jehangir Chowk.

The officials said residents of several localities in the city including Batmaloo, Chattabal, Safakadal, Noorbagh, Rainawari, Dalgate, Brain, Rawalpora, Shah Kadal, Habbakadal, Fatehkadal and Guru Bazar also staged peaceful sit-ins after their attempts to march to the UN office were scuttled by security forces.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Former Union minister Manoj Sinha to be new Lt Guv of Jammu and Kashmir after GC Murmu resigns
India

Former Union minister Manoj Sinha to be new Lt Guv of Jammu and Kashmir after GC Murmu resigns

Sinha was a minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government between 2014 and 2019

India 'firmly rejects' China's attempt to raise Kashmir issue at UN Security Council
India

India 'firmly rejects' China's attempt to raise Kashmir issue at UN Security Council

The Ministry of External Affairs in a statement asked China to draw proper conclusions from such 'infructuous attempts'

BJP sarpanch Sajad Ahmad Khanday shot dead by terrorists in Kashmir's Kulgam district
India

BJP sarpanch Sajad Ahmad Khanday shot dead by terrorists in Kashmir's Kulgam district

The incident comes less than 48 hours after a BJP-affiliated panchayat member, Arif Ahmad Khan, was shot at in Kulgam district