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Kashmir observes shutdown

Geelani, Mirwaiz, Shah others under house arrest; Malik taken into custody No untoward incident happened anywhere: Div Com


On a strike call given by all factions of Hurriyat Conference, JKLF and Freedom Party, people across the Kashmir Saturday observed complete shutdown with transport off the roads and the business, educational and government institutions remained closed.
The strike call was given by separatists against the celebrations of India’s Independence Day.
Reports told KNS that a civil curfew like situation was seen in Srinagar city with police and paramilitary forces manning all roads and entry points. People in half of the city were forced indoors in view of undeclared curfew as heavy contingents of police and paramilitary personnel were deployed to prevent any untoward situation in wake of separatists asking people to observe August 15 as a black day.
KNS reporters from districts said that a curfew like situation was seen in many district headquarters as people were confined to homes and roads and markets were presenting a deserted look.
For smooth conclusion of the Independence Day celebrations, police and paramilitary forces have taken various measures like setting up of barricades and concertina wires on roads and outside all important installations. The venues of I-D parade were completely sealed and movement of people and traffic around these venues was restricted.
Meanwhile, reports said that in Khudwani Kulgam youth came on roads and started anti-India and pro-freedom sloganeering. When police reached the spot to disperse the mob, the youth pelted stones which resulted in breaking window panes of many private vehicles.
As a precautionary measure, police have put all the important separatist leaders under house arrest. These include Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Molvi Umar Farooq, Freedom Party chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah and Mohamamd Ashraf Sehrai, Aga Syed Hassan, Zaffar Akhber Bhat, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Ayaz Akbar, and Yasmeen Raja. The leaders who were arrested by police include JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, Imtiyaz Hyder, Mohammad Yasin Attai, Hilal Ahmad War and Abdul Rashid Lone.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Asgar Samoon told KNS that the I-D functions passed off peacefully and smoothly. He said no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in Valley.
Police also confirmed that no untoward incident happened anywhere in Kashmir.