Srinagar, Aug 12 : Complete shutdown was observed across the Kashmir valley and in Chenab valley in Jammu region against the attempts to striking down Article 35-A.
The shutdown call was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) and was supported by traders in Kashmir.
According to the KNS Correspondent, shops, business units and educational institutions were closed, while public transport was off the roads in the Srinagar city and in all the major towns of the valley.
The University of Kashmir (KU) and Board of School Education (BOSE) on Friday had postponed all the examinations scheduled for today.
In Chenab Valley, Anjuman Islamia Bhadarwah, Markazi Seerat Committee Doda, Anjuman Islamia Gandoh, Masjid Committee Thathri and Majlis-e-Shoura Kishtwar had issued a shutdown call in the region.
Shops, other business establishments and some private schools were closed, however government schools and offices were open and traffic also moved on the roads.
The Kishtwar district also observed a shutdown on the call of Majlis-e-Shoora Kishtwar, an amalgam of local Imams and traders. Reports said that Doda, Gandoh and Thathri also observed complete shutdown.
Meanwhile, train services were suspended in Kashmir on Saturday following a strike call issued by the separatist leaders against “attempts” to abrogate Article 35-A of the constitution which grants special rights to residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
An official said that train services were suspended on Baramulla-Banihal track “as a precautionary measure”.
Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had called for ‘Kashmir Bandh’ today to protest against efforts to abrogate Article 35-A.
Meanwhile, clashes erupted in Trichal village of Pulwama district after government forces launched a cordon-and-search-operation “following inputs about the presence of militants in the village”. Youth took to streets and pelted forces with stones to disrupt the anti-militant operation. The forces responded by firing teargas shells, triggering clashes. (KNS)