SRI NAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday foiled the march planned by separatists by detaining top leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while the curfew, restrictions and shutdown remained in force in the Valley for the 34th consecutive day on Thursday.
The separatists, meanwhile, extended the strike call up to August 18. A police official said large number of police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in downtown Srinagar to enforce curfew to foil separatists march to Eidgah martyrs graveyard. Police and CRPF men fired tear smoke shells to disperse a group of youth at Nawa Kadal area when they tried to assemble and march towards Eidgah. Police detained two top separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq when they tried to defy house arrest and march towards Eidgah. The two leaders were released in the evening and again placed under house arrest. In a statement, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik asked people to observe ‘black day’ on August 15.
Meanwhile, a woman in Bemina area in Srinagar died following a heart attack after police and paramilitary personnel allegedly entered her house. The woman is identified as Jameela, wife of Abdul Rashid Khan. Protests erupted in the area after her death.