Governor Satya Pal Malik skips martyrs day function, Advisor Ganai attends | KNO

Takes salute on guard of honour, Hurriyat leaders caged, curbs imposed in Srinagar parts
Governor Satya Pal Malik skips martyrs day function, Advisor Ganai attends | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, July 13 (KNO) : Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Saturday preferred to skip the official function at the martyrs graveyard at Khawaja Naqhsband Sahab (RA) shrine in downtown area of Khawaja Bazar while one of his Advisor’s, Khursheed Ahmed Ganai attended the official function and paid floral tributes to the martyrs of July 13, 1931. As per KNO, last year, on this day, when state was under PDP-BJP rule, the then Governor N N Vohra had also boycotted the function even as it has been the practice of all the Chief Ministers and Governor’s of the State to offer tributes to the martyrs of July 13, 1931.  While as Governor Malik decided to stay away from the official function, his advisor Khursheed Ahmed Ganai along with the divisional commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan visited the graveyard and offered fateh prayers besides laying wreaths on the graves of martyrs. According to KNO, while talking to reporters later, Ganai said that the martyrs have offered supreme sacrifices for the upliftment of poor and downtrodden and also for the people’s rights. “They deserve best of the tributes as they laid their lives for human rights and development of the State,” said Ganai. He also took salute of the guard of honour at the premises of the revered shrine, offered in favour of martyrs of 1931.  While as the politicians that include Dr Farooq Abdullah, Abdur Rehman Veeri of PDP, Engineer Rashid, Tarigami and others made beeline at the martyrs' graveyard, the authorities had resorted to stringent clampdown in downtown parts to ensure no separatist rally takes place. All the mainstream leaders questioned the Governor’s decision of skipping the official function. As per the witnesses, the government had deployed forces in length to scuttle any move by youth or separatists aimed at marching towards the martyrs’ graveyard. Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was supposed to lead a peaceful march from Jamia Masjid to Martyrs graveyard was kept confined to his Nigeen residence for the second consecutive day. Witnesses told KNO that curbs remained in force in Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Mahraj Gunj and Safa Kadal areas of downtown.(KNO)