Death anniversaries of Molvi Farooq, Gani Lone: Authorities impose strict restrictions in Srinagar

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Media men barred from covering downtown situation

Srinagar: The authorities on Friday tightened the Covid-19 curfew in Srinagar district on the eve of the death anniversary of Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Ghani Lone, which is being marked on May 21 in Kashmir.

Witnesses told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the authorities tightened the curbs in order to restrict the movement of the public and thwart any gatherings.

They said that the strict curbs were put in place and public movement toward downtown Srinagar was restricted as nobody was being allowed to move toward the area.

Witnesses said that police and paramilitary troops were deployed in large numbers to enforce the lockdown restrictions.

“The barricades and concertina wires were erected at many places and bridges to thwart the public movement,” they said.

Notably, on May 21 Molvi Mohammad Farooq was killed at his Nageen Lake residence while Abdul Gani Lobe was killed on the 12th death anniversary of Mirwaiz Molvi Farooq at Eidgah in Srinagar. Meanwhile, media men were barred from covering the downtown situation.

A group of photographers who were on way to old city were stopped at Bishembar Nagar and Babademb area and were told ” there are directions from the top not to allow anyone towards downtown.” (KNO)

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