Rumours over Article 35A spark shutdown, clashes in Kashmir

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Srinagar Aug 27: Four civilians have been reportedly injured despite repeated police announcements that the case was listed on August 31.
A spontaneous shutdown and widespread protests marred Monday morning in Kashmir following rumours that the Supreme Court was hearing petitions challenging Article 35A. Four civilians were reportedly injured despite repeated police announcements that the case was listed on August 31.
The rumours were fueled by a fresh petition submitted by a right wing activist, Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, before the SC on Monday and was listed for admission in the afternoon. “The counsels of the petitioners have told the court that for some reason they will not be able to appear before the court. Even the admission stage stands deferred,” the J&K law secretary said in Srinagar.
The confusion caused by the petition lead to spontaneous protests and shutdown. All markets were closed in Srinagar, Anantnag and Shopian immediately, as clashes broke out between protesters and security forces. Four civilians were reportedly injured in a clash in Shopian. Students from several colleges also joined the protests.
Scores of schools in the Valley decided to close down while public transport also thinned out during the day. Several mosques made announcements to join the protests near commercial hub Lal Chowk.A police official said the vehicles