Shutdown affects life in Kashmir

Shutdown affects life in Kashmir

Srinagar, Mar 8: Valley observed a shutdown on Friday against mass arrest of arrest of JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik under Public Safety Act, Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and activists, the assault on Article 35A.
The call for shutdown was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership.
On Thursday JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik was shifted to Jammu Jail under contentious Public Safety Act while last week, the police swooped on Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and activists—apart from religious scholars of Jamiat-e-Ahlihadith and some separatist leaders, especially in southern and central areas of the Valley.
More than 100 leaders and activists of Jamaat were detained in nocturnal raids that started across Kashmir a day before Government of India banned the organization.
The JRL call evoked a good response across the Valley. In Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, all commercial establishments and private institutions remained closed though private transport plied on roads.
In downtown, the police imposed restrictions under section 144, which bars assembly of more than four people at a time, amid heavy deployment of forces.
A witness said in areas including Maharaj Gunj, Safa Kadal, Khanyar, Nowhatta and Rainawari, police and paramilitary forces were deployed in large numbers to prevent any protests, though no curfew was imposed there.
No congregational Friday prayers were allowed at historic Jamia Masjid for last two consecutive weeks. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq remained under house arrest.
Meanwhile, train service was suspended for security reasons on Friday in the Kashmir valley, where separatist have called for a general strike in protest against the detention of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik under Public Safety Act (PSA).
Malik who was arrested on February 22 from his Maisuma house has been shifted to Kotbalwal jail, Jammu after he was booked under PSA on Thursday.
Train service has been suspended following an advisory received last night from police, official sources said.
They said therefore no train will chug on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region. Similarly trains will no chug on Srinagar-Budgam to Baramulla in north Kashmir, they said.
Train service has become very popular as it is being considered cheap, fast and safe against other mode of transport available in the valley where majority roads are in a very bad condition resulting in frequent traffic jams. However, railway authorities are acting on the advice from local administration, particularly police who are taking decision keeping in view the safety and security of passengers and railway property.
In the past railway suffered damages due to demonstration during strikes in the valley.