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Shutdown, restrictions in Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 24: Day-to-day life was totally paralysed in Kashmir valley on Sunday due to a protest shutdown called by the Joint Hurriyat Leadership against mass arrests and a legal challenge to Article 35A.

All shops and other commercial establishments were closed in Srinagar and other district headquarters of the Valley.

 

Public transport was also off the roads.

Authorities had imposed restrictions in areas falling under the territorial jurisdiction of five police station areas in Srinagar city.

According to the police, restrictions were imposed Rainawari, Nowhatta, Khanyar, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal areas.

Heavy contingents of state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were deployed across the city to maintain ‘law and order’.

The Jamaat-i-Islami cadres including its chief, Abdul Hamid Fayaz, were detained in the last two days in the Kashmir in a mass crackdown.

Yasin Malik was also taken into preventive custody on Friday.

Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had called for the shutdown in Kashmir against the arrests.

They had also urged people to observe shutdown in defence of Article 35A which is likely to come up for the hearing before the Supreme Court in the coming week.

A complete shutdown was also observed in highway town of Banihal. All shops and businesses units are closed in response to the Joint Hurriyat call.