Shutdown against assault on Article-35A cripples life across Kashmir valley

Shutdown against assault on Article-35A cripples life across Kashmir valley
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Srinagar: Normal life across the Valley remained crippled for the second day today in view of the shutdown called by joint resistance leadership (JRL) against the assault on Article-35 A, which accords special rights to the citizens of Jammu and  Kashmir.

Reports said that the strike called by the JRL paralyzed life for the second straight day in Srinagar and other major towns and districts of the Valley. All shops, private offices, petrol pumps, business establishments are closed  while the public transport is off the roads.

In Srinagar, the capital city, paramilitary CRPF troops and policemen armed with sophisticated weapons and riot gear guarded the deserted streets, lanes and by lanes to foil any attempt of the people to stage demonstrations.

Reports of a complete shutdown were also received from Baramulla, Bandipore, and Kupwara districts of the Valley. Similar reports were received from Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama and Anantnag districts of south Kashmir.

Four petitions demanding scrapping of the provision are listed for hearing this afternoon before a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.

The main petition was filed by a Delhi-based NGO “We the Citizens”. Later, three petitions filed by West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee, Dr Charu Wali Khanna, and Kali Dass were clubbed together.

The pleas have challenged, among others, certain provisions of Article 35A which deny property rights to a woman from J&K who marries a person from outside the state.

Article 35A was added to the Constitution of India by a Presidential Order in 1954

Meanwhile, train service remained suspended for the second consecutive day today amid apprehensions of widespread protests across the Valley.