Lal Chowk to be sealed in view of Oct six march call

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Srinagar, Oct 3 (UNI) The Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, would again be sealed from all sides to prevent people from gathering there in view of the the October six 'Lal Chowk Chalo' march, the call for which has been given by the Coordination Committee (CC) spearheading the present agitation.

Official sources today said the authorities had decided to seal the Lal Chowk, apprehending trouble.

The CC had first given the call for 'Lal Chowk chalo' march on August 25.

However, the authorities imposed an indefinite curfew on the morning of August 24 in the summer capital and other major towns and tehsils in the Valley. All separatist leaders, including Chairmen of both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik were also arrested alongwith more than 100 other second rank separatist leaders.

All the roads and bylanes leading to Lal Chowk were sealed with barbed wire, iron sheets and bullet proof bunker vehicles on August 24 to prevent people from entering the area.

Similar road blocks were erected on all city roads.

Sources said this time, the authorities would not allow any march, apprehending trouble.

People across the Kashmir valley have in advance purchased rice, vegetables, pulses, flour and other essentials, leading to price rise.

Apprehension and confusion had gripped the people as the final countdown began for the 'Lal Chowk Chalo' march on Monday.

The question in the mind of the common man on the street was whether curfew would be imposed.


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