Anantnag: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was again greeted with shutdown, this time in Tral township of Pulwama.
All shops, business establishments, private offices and educational institutions remained closed in the town on Omar’s visit, reports said. Passenger traffic also remained off the roads in the township.
Tight security arrangements had been put in place. “Though Omar addressed a rally at Town Hall amid heavy deployment of forces in the area, the shutdown crippled life in the town,” a local journalist Syed Ajaz told Kashmir Reader.
Reports said that security agencies started search operations in different villages and localities of Tral on Thursday evening.
It was for the third time in a week that CM’s visit was marked by shutdown in south Kashmir.
Earlier this week, shutdown and clashes had erupted in Shopian after the word about CM’s visit spread in the town. On Wednesday, Kulgam and Quimoh townships also observed complete shutdown on his visit there. Besides shutdown in Quimoh, fierce clashes had erupted between government forces and angry youth soon after the CM’s rally.
Later, addressing party workers, Omar accused the opposition PDP of ‘thriving on falsehood’ by being the proxy of BJP in Kashmir.
“PDP is a proxy of BJP in Jammu and Kashmir. The party is following the diktats of Narendra Modi to fragment and fracture people. It was BJP that founded PDP to carry forward its agenda of ‘divide and rule’ and to flare up communal tensions and regional animosity in the State,” he told a rally in south Kashmir.