Hurriyat make slight change in tomorrow's UN march

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Srinagar, Aug 17 (UNI) The Hurriyat Conference (HC) made a slight change in tomorrow's march to United Nations Military Observers (UNMO) office at Sonawar following a request by the district administration.

The coordination committee, an alliance of both the factions of the HC and other organisations, spearheading the present agitation against alleged economic blockade and attack on Kashmiri drivers and Muslims in Jammu, discussed the future course of action at a meeting here this afternoon.

The meeting which continued for several hours, decided that a public rally will be held at Tourist Reception Centre (TRC) ground where HC and other leaders will address it.

It was also decided that only senior leaders will later go to UNMO office in a procession and present a memorandum to officials there.

Earlier, the HC had asked people to reach the UNMO office at Sonawar.

The coordination committee decided that there would be no strike from Tuesday to Thursday. However, on Friday there is a call for Eidgah chalo to offer fateha to martyrs, particularly chairman of the Peoples League (PL) Sheikh Abdul Aziz, who was killed in police firing during Muzaffarabad march on August 11.

Earlier, District Commissioner (DC) and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) met chairmen of HC Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Moulvi Omar Farooq in their respective houses.

Later addressing a joint press conference the DC and SSP said that they have expressed their apprehension about the law and order problem during the march to UNMO office at Sonawar.

We have informed the Hurriyat leaders that since the area was very sensitive, the march will create problems for the authorities, they said, adding that despite appeals by the Hurriyat leaders to remain peaceful during Pampore chalo, a house and several vehicles were damaged by the people.

''Sometimes leaders cannot control the mob during such marches,'' they said.

UNI BAS AE BST2005

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