shutdown in Kashmir in support of Art 35A


SRINAGAR: Life across Kashmir including Srinagar city came to standstill for second straight day on Monday in the wake of ‘unprecedented’ shutdown in support of Article 35A which extends special rights and privileges to the state under Article 370 of Indian Constitution.
Complete shutdown coupled with unparalleled restrictions in parts of Srinagar and elsewhere marked today’s hearing of the constitutional case in the Supreme Court of India. The Petition has been filed by right wing RSS backed NGO ‘We the Citizens’ in the top court of the country.
Shutdown call which was endorsed by all allied separatist groups, traders, transporters, lawyers, employees and other sections of the society was given by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.
Protest rallies were also taken out in Srinagar, Rajouri and Poonch districts of the state against the petitions challenging constitutional legality of the Article which bars outsiders from buying immovable property in the state.
Authorities fearing protests imposed curfew like restrictions in seven police stations areas of Srinagar including Safakadal, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Khanyar, M R Gunj, Maisuma and Kralkhud areas.
Shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed while attendance in government and semi-government offices banks and courts was nominal.
Authority’s placed top separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house detention while JKLF Chairman, Yasin Malik went into hiding to evade arrest. Reports of protests against petitions challenging Article 35A were also held in Rajouri and Poonch districts amid complete shutdown on the call of local Coordination Committee.
Aman bus service
The weekly Karwan-e-Aman bus service operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad Pakistan remained suspended following shutdown called by the separatist groups against tinkering with Article 35A.
An official said that advisory they received by the authorities late Sunday directed to suspend the bus service for Monday. The passengers who were scheduled to travel back and forth were informed in advance about the cancellation of services.
Train service from Baramulla to Banihal also remained suspended following the advisory issued by the authorities.