Srinagar, Aug 5: Life in Kashmir came to a standstill on Sunday due to a complete shutdown called by separatists against moves to scrap Article 35A of the Constitution, which bars people from outside Jammu and Kashmir from acquiring any immovable property in the state.Also Read - 2 Pilots Killed as Army Helicopter Crash Lands in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur
Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) called for a two-day shutdown on Sunday and Monday across the state against the legal challenge on the validity of Article 35A in the Supreme Court whose hearing is scheduled on Monday. Also Read - Uri: Mobile, Internet Suspended After Infiltration Bid, Search Operation On
News agency PTI quoted officials saying that the situation across the Valley is peaceful with no untoward incident reported from anywhere so far. Also Read - Two New Platforms to be Constructed For Vaishno Devi Devotees At Katra Railway Station | Details Here
Shops and business establishments were closed across the Valley while all kinds of transport remained off the roads due to the strike called.
Train services have been suspended in Kashmir Valley for today and tomorrow in view of a strike, said a senior railway official. The train services will remain suspended till tomorrow.
The state authorities also announced temporary suspension of the ongoing Amarnath Yatra in view of the shutdown. The pilgrimage will remain suspended till Monday.
While movement of the pilgrims at Jammu has been suspended for two days, the devotees who are camped at the Baltal and Pahalgam base camps are allowed to continue their pilgrimage.
The state government has filed an application before the Registrar of the Supreme Court, informing that it is going to seek adjournment of the hearing of the petition in view of the “ongoing preparations for the upcoming Panchayat and urban local body and municipal elections in the state”.
The officials said security forces have been deployed in strength at vulnerable places in the city and elsewhere in Kashmir for maintaining law and order.
Various organisations included Bar Association, transporters and traders’ bodies have extended support to the shutdown call of the JRL, comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.
Protests have been held across the length and breadth of Kashmir over the past few days with mainstream parties like the National Conference and PDP also holding rallies in support of continuing Article 35-A.