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J&K MLA placed under house arrest

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Ahead of the arrival of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here, independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid was on Monday placed under house arrest when he along with his supporters defied prohibitory orders and tried to stage a dharna to protest the killing of three youths in the Machhil fake encounter. Official sources said Mr. Rashid and his supporters tried to take out a procession towards Lal Chowk in the heart of the city to stage a sit in but police and paramilitary forces prevented them. As Mr. Rashid and his supporters tried to break the police cordon, law enforcing agencies placed Rashid under house arrest and detained nearly 150 of his supporters, they said. Mr. Rashid had sought permission from the District Magistrate, Srinagar, for holding a “peaceful” protest demonstration in Lal Chowk or Raj Bhavan against the alleged “murder of three youths of Nadihal and unabated human rights violations”.

The district magistrate had declined permission, saying prohibitory orders were in force in the city. Section 144 Cr. PC prohibiting assembly of five or more persons has been imposed in the areas falling under police station of Nowhatta, Khanyar, Mehrajgunj and Safakadal, official sources said.

However, Mr. Rashid said he will go ahead with the dharna as he wanted to draw the attention of the Prime Minister towards the killing of three innocent youths of Nadihal. “We strongly condemn the police action. It is nothing but sham democracy”, he said. Mr. Rashid had also lodged a complaint with the state human rights commission (SHRC) on alleged forced labour following which the state police in its report to SHRC had admitted that people of Mawer in Langate constituency were used as forced labour by the army for 13 years without any remuneration. “Now that my complaint has been proved, the prime minister should apologise to the people and compensate them”, Mr. Rashid said.

Mr. Rashid in a separate complaint with SHRC had sought arrest and punishment of armymen allegedly responsible for the fake encounter in which three youths of Nadihal area were killed on April 30. An Army Major has been suspended and a Colonel removed from his command for their alleged involvement in the killing.

The Prime Minister will visit Kashmir on Monday to take forward his peace initiative in the state and is expected to renew his offer for talks with separatists. In view of prohibitory orders imposed in parts of the city and a shutdown called by separatists to protest the Prime Minister’s visit to the valley on Monday, all examinations scheduled for the day have been postponed. “All university examinations scheduled to be held today have been rescheduled. Revised schedule will be notified separately”, Kashmir University spokesman Showkat Shafi said.

Traffic has been restricted along the Boulevard road stretch from Dalgate to Nishat Garden in view of Dr. Singh’s visit. Superintendent Police (Traffic) Showkat Hussain Shah said no private or commercial vehicle will be allowed to ply on the road from Badyari chowk to Nishat Garden, a distance of nine km. Tour operators have also been asked not to ply on the road stretch and depart from the area before 6 a.m. and return only after 10.30 a.m., Mr. Shah said. He said similar restrictions will be in place on Tuesday as well.