Protests in support of Art 35A hits life in parts of Jammu division, Ladakh

Protests in support of Art 35A hits life in parts of Jammu division, Ladakh
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Jammu: Protests were held at some places in Muslim-majority districts of Jammu division today amid a general strike in support of Article 35A, which grants special rights and privileges to the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir.

The strike, called by various social and religious organizations, disrupted the life in some areas of the twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri along with Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts in the Chenab valley region, officials said.

A shutdown called by local organisations also disrupted life in Kargil and adjoining areas in Ladakh region, the officials said.

However, no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the strike-hit districts.

The strike coincided with the hearing of the case filed by an NGO in the Supreme Court challenging the validity of the constitutional provision.

Shops and business establishments in district headquarters and other towns remained mostly closed, while people took out rallies at various places demanding dismissal of the case.

However, the shops and business establishments reopened in Bhaderwah town after the reports spread that the Supreme Court had adjourned the hearing and listed the matter for hearing in the week commencing August 27. PTI