People assemble outside central jail to witness the trial. They were not allowed and a dangerous situation developed. Meanwhile, time for mid day prayers (Asar) reached and a strong police contingent reached on the spot. One man ascended a wall and began reciting "Azan" (Muslim call for prayers). He was shot and fell dead. People were full of faith. Another person began to call Azan. He also met the same fate. Thus, no less than 22 pious and innocent Muslims were killed on the spot. This marked the decisive water shed in Kashmiri freedom movement reminiscent of the massacre which was perpetrated by Col. Dyer in Amritsar, Punjab, on April 13, 1919 and which transformed the struggle for independence in South Asia. Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah along with some fellow travelers was for the first time arrested on July 14, 1931 to herald a long chain of such arrests for nearly a quarter of his life span.
These events throw Kashmir in a convulsion never seen before. People observed a strike for more than a fortnight. Violent procession and protests erupted in the valley. Police resorts to indiscriminate firing. Dozens were killed and thousands arrested. Inspite of every conceivable repression, the uprising could not be tamed. An exhausted and unnerved regime found no recourse but to release Abdullah ater 21 days. It helped ease the situation.
Six elected Kashmiri representatives, along with five Muslim leaders chosen by youngmen's Muslim Union of Jammu, meet Maharaja Hari Singh at his palace Lawn's. The delegation on Oct. 21, 1931 presented a memorandum to the Maharaja who accepted it with an expressionless face and said it would be looked into for redressal.