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Kashmir shuts to mark landing of Army in 1947

Srinagar, Oct 27: A complete shutdown was Saturday observed across Kashmir valley against the landing of the Army in Jammu and Kashmir on this day in 1947.

The call for shutdown was issued by Joint Hurriyat, an amalgam of separatist outfits headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik.

The Joint Hurriyat had urged the people to observe October 27 as “black day.”

Shops and other commercial establishments, schools and colleges remained closed across Kashmir valley including commercial hub of Lal Chowk in Srinagar while attendance of employees in government offices was reported to be very thin.

Public transport remained off the roads, however private vehicles was seen plying in uptown Srinagar.

Authorities also suspended train services across Kashmir as a “precautionary measure” in view of the shutdown call.

Witnesses said that the government forces were deployed in large number in the old city areas since the wee hours of Saturday morning but there was no restriction in place.

Similar reports of shutdown were also received from other districts including south as well as north Kashmir.

Reports said that a complete shutdown was observed in South and north Kashmir district. All the shops, business establishments and other establishments remained closed for a day.

Reports said that clashes erupted between youth and forces in Khudwani area of Kulgam here after forces launched a cordon and Search Operation in Ghat Khudwani area on Saturday.

Reports added that scores of youth also sustained injuries during the clashes.

Meanwhile, the train services from Baramulla to Banihal were suspended by the authorities for a day.