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J&K separatists cancel this Friday protest due to Mahashivratri Celebration.

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In view of elaborate Army and Police arrangements to ensure  Mahashivratri celebration of Hindus in all temples in the state, J&K separatists cancel this Friday protest.

Seema Kaul | HENB | Jammu | Feb 20, 2017:: As per a strong resolution taken recently by the J&K Govt, in which BJP is the main partner of PDP led govt in J&K, to ensure the religious rights of all groups must be resorted at any cost, the ensuing celebration of Maha Shivaratri peacefully is a big task for the state govt within recurring protests and bandhs of the separatists in the valley. Mahashivaratri falls this year on Friday 24th Feb, when Friday is a scheduled day of protest by the Kashmir subversives and Hurriyat elements.

The police authorities and the security forces have already been requested by the state govt to take necessary arrangements to ensure Mahashivratri celebration of Hindus in all temples. Now, in view of Army and Police arrangements to ensure  Mahashivratri celebration of Hindus in all temples in the state, J&K separatists cancel this Friday protest.

In a statement, the separatist camps in Kashmir, comprising  Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik,  have decided to cancel the routine Friday protest in the valley this week as it falls on the festival day of Mahashivratri.

“Hindu festival Shivratri falls on the same date so joint leadership (separatist camp) has decided to cancel the protest call,” the Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Hurriyat spokesperson Ayaz Akbar told TOI today.

“We weren’t aware that the Shivratri festival falls on (the) coming Friday (February 24). But when the issue was reported, we took the matter as urgent and started working on it,” Akbar told TOI earlier.

That’s why an earlier calendar last week scheduled the protests on February 24, has been changed now.

“We have time still. We have taken note and will reschedule protest soon,” he added.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police, while issuing advisories to ensure peaceful celebration of the Mahashivratri, appealed to the people of Jammu region to cooperate in maintaining security.

While directing police personnel deployed to remain extra vigilant, a senior police official asked them to perform regular foot patrolling all day and night.

Police have also asked people to cooperate at frisking points and not complain about “harassment”.

“The people have been asked to remain vigilant while travelling in passenger vehicles (or in) crowded areas (especially the places of worship),” the senior police officer said.

He added that people have been asked to not touch any abandoned objects and to inform police if they see any suspicious persons or objects.

“If you have any information about any anti-national, anti-social elements (who can disturb the holy occasion of Shivratri) please inform the police immediately. Identity of informant shall be kept confidential,” he said.

Mahashivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. Shivratri occurs every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, on the month’s 13th night /14th day and once a year in late winter (February/March) and before the arrival of spring.

The Kashmir is believed as the land of Shiva where the Amarnath Yatra+, Shankaracharya hill+ and Shetaleshwar Bhairav temple+ exist. But, the worshipers of Shiva mainly Kashmir pandits and the common Hindus were driven out from the valley in the turmoiled time of nineties by the Jihadi separatists under the provocation of Pakistan. On 20 January 1990, most of the Pandit families were forced to flee from Kashmir valley.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti offered prayers at the Kheer Bhawani temple in Srinagar recently+ to show her solidarity with the Kashmiri Pandits and Hindus in the state.

__Agencies.

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