SRINAGAR, India – Police and local government officials laid flower wreaths and scattered petals on Friday to pay their respects to 22 civilians killed in 1931 at the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Naqshband Sahab in Srinagar of the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Martyrs’ Day is observed annually on July 13 to pay homage to those killed during a revolt in 1931 by state forces of the then Dogra ruler of Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh.
Former chief ministers of Indian Kashmir Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, Indian Kashmir Police chief Shesh Paul Vaid and Divisional Commissioner Baseer Khan laid wreaths at the graves while police and paramilitary officers stood nearby, an efe-epa journalist reported.
Many local Kashmiris stayed inside their homes as separatists had called for a shutdown and march towards the graveyard.
Police erected temporary barricades on roads around the graveyard to prevent the march.
Separatist leaders were reportedly under house detention or police detention.
The day is marked every year as a government holiday in the Kashmir region.