Kashmir valley observes shutdown on JRL call

Kashmir valley observes shutdown on JRL call
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Srinagar: A complete shutdown is being observed across the Valley in response to the call given by joint resistance leadership (JRL) and several militant outfits to protest the conduct of August 15 celebrations in the state.

All shops, offices; business establishments and petrol pumps in this summer capital of the Valley remained closed in wake of the shutdown called by the resistance leaders, witnesses told Kashmir Reader.

Public and private transport was also off on all the major roads and highways across the Valley.

“Vehicles carrying pro-India politicians, armed forces were only seen plying on the otherwise busy roads in this summer capital,” witnesses said.

In Srinagar, the capital city, thousands of CRPF men and cops guarded the deserted streets, lanes and by lanes to thwart any attempt of people to stage pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations.

SK Stadium, the main venue of I-day parade was placed under siege with a three tier security to thwart any possible militant attack, witnesses said.

All roads leading to the venue have been choked by forces with iron barricades, armoured vehicles and concertina wire.

Official sources told Kashmir Reader that sharpshooters have been deployed on the high residential houses and commercial buildings adjacent to the venue.

“The situation is also being constantly monitored through CCTVs,” they added.

Meanwhile, reports of shutdown on call of pro-freedom leadership have also been received from other major towns and districts of the Valley.