Protests to save Article 35A disrupts life in Kashmir valley
Life in Kashmir came to a standstill today due to a shutdown called by separatists against a PIL in the Supreme Court on the validity of Article 35A, which bars people from outside J&K from acquiring any immovable property in the state. The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) called for a two-day strike today and tomorrow as SC is scheduled to hear the PIL tomorrow.
Educational institutions, shops closed in the Valley
Shops, business establishments, and educational institutions were closed across the Valley while all kinds of transport remained off the roads. Authorities have imposed restrictions in some parts of Srinagar as a precautionary measure for maintaining law and order, the officials said.
Details of areas where restrictions have been imposed
The situation across the valley is peaceful with no untoward incident reported from anywhere so far, officials said. They said the areas where restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC have been imposed include police station Khanyar, Nowhatta, Maharajgunj, Safakadal, Rainawari, Maisuma, and Kralkhud. Protests have been held across Kashmir over the past month in support of continuing Article 35A.
Various organizations extended support to JRL's shutdown call
The officials said security forces have been deployed in strength at vulnerable places in Srinagar and elsewhere in Kashmir for maintaining law and order. Various organizations, including Bar Association, transporters, and traders' bodies, have extended support to the shutdown call of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Mohammad Yasin Malik.