SRINAGAR (Agencies) - The puppet government in Kashmir imposed a one-month ban Saturday on public gatherings in a move interpreted as a bid to scupper a planned rally by Kashmiris. The order applied to gatherings of five or more in public spaces, a government statement said. An indefinite curfew has also been imposed in Srinagar. A committee spearheading recent protests against Indian rule had planned to hold a mass rally Monday in Srinagar. Hardline Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Geelani has been placed under house arrest ahead of the proposed demonstration but other activists said they intended to march. "Come what may, we would defy all the restrictions to make the rally a success," said senior Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik. The Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee has decided to make Lal Chowk march, that is to be held on October 6, a success even if government of India imposes severe restrictions or uses force against the peaceful protestors. According to Kashmir Media Service, the Coordination Committee's meeting chaired by JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik was attended by APHC leader Syed Ali Geelani and other JKLF leaders at Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front headquarters at Maisuma. A group of 1,000 volunteers was formed who would work under the supervision of 15 members of the CC's Organising Committee. While addressing the media, Mohammad Yasin Malik said, "Volunteer group has been formed who would coordinate and supervise the Lal Chowk Chalo Programme. I appeal people to be peaceful and disciplined to make the programme a grand success". Asked what would be Committee's strategy if government imposes curfew on October 6, the JKLF Chairman asserted, "Come what may, we would defy all the restrictions to make the Lal Chowk Chalo Programme a grand success". The Committee also finalised the routes for the vehicles coming from various parts of the Valley. "No vehicle would be allowed to move beyond Iqbal Park, Batamaloo, Tankipora, Habba Kadal, Bar Shah and Karan Nagar. The Committee also formed media cell, medical aid cell, stage cell and special cell, which would take care of women crowd. All the women would assemble at Pratap Park and no male would be allowed to enter there". The Committee appealed the people of Srinagar not to use any kind of vehicles to reach Lal Chowk. "People from down town and Civil Lines should prefer to come on foot to avoid traffic congestion". The Committee also condemned the house arrest of senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Geelani and President Jamiat-e-Ahlihadees, Moulana Showkat Ahmad. The Coordination Committee has urged all the pro-liberation leadership and people to reach Lal Chowk at any cost. "Lal Chowk march has historical importance and leadership has to bear it in mind. People should try to reach wherever they can in case of restrictions imposed by the government of India and authorities," the Committee addedd. Over the past few months the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley has been hit by some of the biggest pro-freedom demonstrations since the eruption of an insurgency against New Delhi's rule in 1989. The protests were triggered by a row over a government donation of Kashmiri land to a Hindu pilgrimage trust and spiralled into anti-India demonstrations that have left more than 40 Muslim protesters dead. Meanwhile, 13 suspected freedom fighters and an Indian soldier have been killed in one of the fiercest gunbattles in recent years in Kashmir, military officials said Saturday. Major General V Goudar said the heavily-armed freedom fighters and a soldier had been killed in a weeklong battle in a mountainous region north of Srinagar on Friday. He said the operation was conducted in "inhospitable, harsh and treacherous terrain" at an altitude up to 15,000 feet. Meanwhile, Indian authorities imposed an undeclared and indefinite curfew in Srinagar on Saturday night as an attempt to thwart Oct 6 Lal Chowk March call given by the pro-freedom parties who were demanding end of Indian rule in the Held Jammu and Kashmir. A government official said that the curfew was a 'precautionary measure' taken to protect the life and property of the people. While as pro-freedom circles believed that the step of curfew imposition was an attempt to prevent a peaceful march in the state capital of Srinagar on Monday. According to reports thousands of Indian paramilitary soldiers would carry an iron barricade to block roads during a curfew in Srinagar. Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir government officially confirmed that it would impose curfew to thwart a march by pro-freedom leaders to Lal Chowk here on Monday. The state's Principal Secretary (Home) Anil Goswami went on Doordarshan Saturday night to announce that curfew will be imposed and appealed to the people to cooperate with the authorities. He warned the people that if they attempted to violate the curfew, security forces would have to respond to ensure that they did not do so. Sources said curfew had been imposed in Srinagar as the police and paramilitary troops were erecting barricades around Lal Chowk the venue for the Oct 6 March. It is also reported that authorities had decided to put under house-arrest the pro-freedom leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik.