Million march against PM triggers J&K cops’ crackdown

Most of the arrested persons are either former militants or members of separatists

GN Bureau | November 5, 2015



In the wake of 'Srinagar million march' announced by Hurriyat Conference on Saturday to counter prime minister Narendra Modi's rally, the Jammu and Kashmir has detained over 200 people so far. Police say that raids are still being conducted to nab troublemakers.

Most of the arrested persons are either former militants or members of separatists groups in the state. In last 5 days the police have detained at least 237 persons from Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam, Shopian, Anantnag, Awantipora, Sopore, Bandipora, Handwara, Kupwara and Ganderbal.

Modi is scheduled to address a public rally at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium on November 7, besides inaugurating the 450-megawatt Baglihar Phase II power project in Ramban district of the state.

As the separatist groups have called for a parallel rally to that of the prime minister at Tourist Reception Centre ground – stone’s throw from cricket stadium, the authorities have carried out a crackdown on them to foil their plans.

Several of the top separatist leaders have been taken into preventive detention while some leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq have been placed under house arrest.

The million march is supported by all separatist outfits, including Hurriyat (M) and JKLF. The separatist leaders have given a call to people to come for a 'million march' on the same day when the PM is visiting the valley. The crackdown is seen as an effort to foil the march.

Many CCTV cameras have been installed in and around the venue to keep an eye on the movement of people. CCTV cameras have also been installed atop some vehicles of the security forces.

Meanwhile, unprecedented security measures have been put in place, with security forces manning all the entry and exit points of Srinagar city. The security measures have led to traffic jams at many places.

Security forces have set-up check-points along the roads connecting Srinagar with other districts and entry of vehicle as well as passenger details, including phone numbers of the drivers and the time of their entry into the city.

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