Saturday, 13 July 2013

Valley Shuts On Martyr's Day

13 JULY 2013: The kashmir valley especially the summer capital Srinagar is freezed again on the eve of Martyr's day. The valley observes shut down today, it would also observe the march towards the Mazar e shohda (Martyr's graveyard) on which restrictions are imposed so far. There were incidents of stone pelting from yesterday in the town of Nowhatta. The leaders who would address the people on martyr's day have been arrested under house by State Government. Today On 13 July kashmiris pay tribute to those martyr's who were gunned down by Dogra Army outside the central jail in srinagar on 13july 1931.
This traces back to the history when the Eid Sermon at Jammu were not allowed by Dogra Rulers, which was followed by discretion of Holy Quran by Dogra rulers. This received back the wrath of Kashmiri Abdul Qader Khan's speech, who was arrested later on the charges of inciting people. He was kept at central Jail. The Kashmiri protesters stormed the Central Jail and raised the slogans against the Dogra's. This resulted the indiscriminate firing on them leaving 21 dead.

Their bodies were then shifted in a procession to Jamia Masjid where they were kept for whole night, until they were buried in graveyard at Naqsh Band Sahib which is now referred to Mazar e shohda. This is how 13th July came to be known as Martyr's day as they were the first martyr's of Kashmir who were slaughtered by Dogra regime.
Chief Minister of Kashmir Jenab Omar Abdullah paid tributes to all martyr's of 13july 1931, on the other hand the public procession which would mark their martyrdom is banned since the militancy broke out in the region.
Similarly Ashura procession which would mark the martyrdom of Hussain Ibn Ali has been banned by the Jammu and Kashmir Government, however the street processions from a shia dominated area is allowed to mark Ashura.

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