Restrictions on the movement of people were imposed in Khanyar, Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Nowhatta, Rainawari and Maisuma police station areas as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, a police official said. He said there were apprehensions of law and order problems during the Hurriyat Conference rally at Eidgah on old city area.
The official said the situation across the Valley was peaceful so far with no untoward incident reported from anywhere.
Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was placed under house arrest on Wednesday, a day ahead of the rally to commemorate the death anniversary of his father, who was assassinated by gunmen in 1990.
Criticising the move, a Hurriyat Spokesman said, "When Kashmiris were peacefully organizing Hafta Shahadat to remember (Mirwaiz's father) Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq, (Hurriyat leader) Abdul Gani Lone...placing him under house arrest was like rubbing salt on the wounds of Kashmiris."

Farooq was shot dead by militants on May 21, 1990, and Lone fell to the bullets of ultras during a commemoration rally for the former on the same day in 2002.

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