Srinagar : Curfew restrictions have been lifted after two days in downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) in Srinagar, where separatists had announced to hold rallies on the death anniversaries of Mirwaiz Moulvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone yesterday.

The venue of the rally " Eidgah Graveyard" in the downtown was sealed and a large number of security forces and state police personnel had been deployed to foil any gathering of people there. However, the security forces had been withdrawn last evening and there is no restriction today. The DM had imposed restrictions in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of police station M R Gunj, Safakadal and Nowhatta on Saturday morning to foil separatist rally from historic Jamia Masjid. However, the restrictions were extended to Rainawari and Khanyar to cover entire downtown and SeK since early yesterday to prevent the rally at Eidgah. All road blocks have been removed and traffic was today plying normally on all routes. Shops and business establishments were also open. Mirwaiz Farooq was assassinated by some unidentified gunmen on this day at his Nigeen house in 1990, while Lone was shot dead at Eidgah when he was leaving for his home after paying tributes to the Mirwaiz in 2002. The Mirwaiz is father of chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, while Lone is father of senior separatist leader Bilal Gani Lone and minister in the PDP and BJP coalition government Sajjad Gani Lone.
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