Srinagar: A complete shutdown is being observed in the Valley on Thursday after a shutdown called by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) against NIA raids and any move of “tampering with Article 35A”.
The shutdown call was given by JRL headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, an umbrella coalition of separatist outfits, from Wednesday against Tuesday’s NIA raids on separatists and threats to tinker with Article 35-A which is facing a legal challenge in the Supreme Court.
Normal life in the valley came to a standstill as business establishments, shops, schools, colleges and universities remained closed across the Valley. Government and private offices recorded thin attendance. Mostly public transport was off the roads in civil lines and uptown Srinagar though private vehicles, cabs and three-wheelers could be seen plying on some routes.
However, petrol pumps remained open and witnessed huge rush of people.
Reports reaching QNS 24*7 said that a complete shutdown was observed in south Kashmir’s Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, and Islamabad districts.
Normal life was disrupted in Budgam, Ganderbal, and other major towns of central Kashmir in response to the strike call. Traffic was largely off the roads.
North Kashmir’s Baramulla town and its adjoining areas also witnessed a complete shutdown. Maximum shops and other business centres remained off in Baramulla, Sopore, Pattan, Palhalan, Langate, Handwara, Kupwara, Kralpora, Bandipora and Hajin areas while as public transport too was effected.