238 processionists stranded on Muzaffarabad road since August 11

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Srinagar Aug 15 (UNI) There was no missing report of any processionists who participated in the August 11 'Muzaffarabad Chalo' call given by both the faction of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) in protest against the alleged economic blockade and attack on Muslims in Jammu.

However, 238 processionists, who were stranded at different places on the highway at Chahal, Boniyar, after the imposition of curfew following the killing of senior Hurriyat leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz in police firing, were sent to their homes today.

Confirming this report, a police spokesman said 238 stranded persons were ferried by the police with the help of three civilian vehicles to their respective home towns.

These civilians who had participated in the 'Muzaffarabad Chalo' march got stranded in Baramulla, after they returned from Chahal, Boniyar on August 11, 2008 as curfew was clamped in Baramulla.

He said on August 13, 101 civilians were send to Rafiabad in a civilian bus through Auqaf president Abdul Rehman Shalla, resident of Old Town Baramulla, Auqaf president while 54 civilians were send through Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh, Mohalla president Mir Sahib Old Town Baramulla.

He said 83 civilians of Sopore were again send through Abdul Rehman Shalla.

Three civilian vehicles bearing registration numbers JK05B-0122, JK05-3374 and JKE-8857 were put into service for ferrying these stranded civilians.

As confirmed from the police authorities of the district, no missing report has been lodged in the police stations of Baramulla, Sopore, chandusa or sheeri regarding missing of any persons after August 11 Muzaffarabad chalo.

However, he said, any body whose relative is missing can contact Police station Baramulla and Sopore.

Thousands participated in the march led by Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chief Shabir Ahmad Shah and Sheikh Abdul Aziz besides other senior separatist leaders.

However, when the processionists reached Boniyar, police opened fire to disperse them. Sheikh was among four people killed and several others were wounded.

The HC had given the call to 'Muzaffarabad chalo' after hindu fundamentalist allegedly forced economic blockade and attacked Kashmiri truck drivers and Muslims in Jammu.

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