Article 35A : Separatist shutdown affects life across Kashmir Valley

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Srinagar, Aug 6 : Authorities suspended the Amarnath Yatra from Jammu to Srinagar for the second day on Monday because life across the Kashmir Valley remained adversely affected  due to a separatist-called protest shutdown in support of Article 35A.

Authorities have placed senior separatist leaders, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq under house arrest.

Although heavy deployments of police and paramilitary forces have been made in Srinagar and other sensitive areas yet no restrictions were imposed anywhere.

Security has been tightened across the state as special check posts have been set up in Udhampur and Ramban to ensure that the movement of pilgrims does not take place on the Jammu-Srinagar highway which passes through these two districts.

The article has been challenged in the Supreme Court. A petition seeking abrogation of this article will be heard by the apex court on Monday.

Separatist conglomerate, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for the protest shutdown to voice support for Article 35A.

JK Joint Coordination Committee of Private Schools organized peaceful protest demonstrations at Lal Chowk on Saturday to show its support to Article 35-A of the Constitution, reported Kashmir News Service. Chief Patron of the JKJCCPS Prof C L Vishen.

Shops, markets, public transport, other businesses and educational institutions remained closed here and other district headquarters of the valley.

Very few private vehicles were seen moving on city roads here and elsewhere in the valley.

Although Yasin Malik, chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), has evaded arrest by going underground.

An official, however, said pilgrims who have already reached the Baltal and Pahalgam base camps will continue to perform the Yatra on Monday.

Rail services between the valley and the Bannihal town of Jammu region also remained suspended for the second day.


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