Kashmir stays shut for second day

Kashmir stays shut for second day
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Srinagar: Kashmir valley and parts of Chenab valley and Pir Panjal areas on Friday observed a complete shutdown for the second consecutive day to protest against hearing of petitions challenging Article 35A in the Supreme Court.
A two-day shutdown had been called by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik on August 30 and 31.
All shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed in Kashmir areas and traffic stayed off the roads.
Restrictions remained imposed in several Srinagar areas for the second consecutive day. Officials said that restrictions remained in force in Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Rainawari, Khanyar and Maharaj Gunj police station areas and partial restrictions in Maisuma and Kral Khud police station areas.
Government forces deployed in the restriction-bound areas put up barricades on roads to halt both vehicular and pedestrian movement.
The authorities also barred people from offering congregational Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar. Locals said that all four gates of the Jamia Masjid remained locked and all roads leading to the mosque were sealed by erecting concertina wires.
Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continued to remain under house detention since Thursday.
Mirwaiz in a tweet said that it was the 11th Friday this year when the authorities had barred Muslims from offering prayers at the Jamia Masjid.
“These repressive measures will only strengthen our resolve to freedom, not weaken us!” Mirwaiz tweeted.
Meanwhile, protests against the legal challenge to Article 35A were held at Srinagar and some other places.
After news came that the Supreme Court had deferred hearing of the petitions till January next year, regions in the Chenab Valley called off the shutdown.
Railway authorities, however, kept suspended train services from Baramulla to Banihal for the second consecutive day. The Kashmir University had already postponed all examinations scheduled on Friday.