The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) observed a bandh (strike and shut down) on the day of PM (Prime Minister) Narendra Modiâ€™s visit to Jammu and Kashmir on May 19, 2018. JRL leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik marched under the name â€˜Lal Chowk Chaloâ€™ (March to Lal Chowk) and asked people to carry placards reading ‘what Kashmiri people want’ to protest the visit of the Prime Minister. ‘At Historic Lal Chowk where first Indian PM Jawahar Lal Nehru made the commitment to the people of J&K that we will be granted RSD! Waitingâ€™s for India to honour it!’ said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on social media before calling for the march.
In a tweet,Â Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is also the chairperson of All Parties Hurriyat Conference stated, ‘As the authoritarian rulers once again belie any claim to democracy by imposing #HouseArrests #Curfew #Restrictions #Barricades #Blockades closure of educational institutions on the visit of Indian PM to valley, I will peacefully march towards #LalChowk at 11 am.’
After the call for the march had been given two separatist leaders, Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani were put under house arrest as a ‘precautionary measure.’
Barricades handled by contingents of police and paramilitary personnel were placed along all the roads, including lanes and by lanes, to thwart the proposed march. Curfew and restrictions were imposed and Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal was completely sealed and barricaded. As Mirwaiz Umar Farooq defied his house arrest and participated in the lalchowk sit-in, they were detained by the police.