Kashmir Shuts on Hurriyat Call

Srinagar: Kashmir valley Thursday observed a complete shutdown on the 68th “Indian Republic Day” with authorities placing stringent security arrangements to thwart any protest or militant attack.

All the shops, commercial establishments and petrol pumps remained closed across Valley while public and private transport was also off the roads.

All the roads in the city, which otherwise remain abuzz with traffic, wore a deserted look throughout the day.

In wake of snowfall, the authorities had not imposed restrictions in the City, but additional number of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personal had been deployed in Civil Lines areas including Jawahar Nagar, Hazoori Bagh, Lal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Batamaloo and other areas.

The call for shutdown was forwarded by almost all the resistance leadership and was supported by militant outfits including Hizbul Mujhadeen and Lashkar-e-Toiba.

All the roads leading to Bakshi Stadium, the venue for Janjuary 26 function in summer capital Srinagar, were sealed by forces till the function was over.

Officials said the January 26 functions across the valley passed off peacefully with no incident of militant violence. They added that no law and order situation arose in any part of the valley.

Besides Srinagar city, complete shutdown was also observed in all the districts of Kashmir where January 26 functions were organized amid tight security.

This time also unlike in past, mobile Internet services were not snapped. Every year on Aug 15 and Jan 26, authorities suspend the services in what had now become part of an ‘e-curfew’ on these days. (With inputs from CNS.)

Geelani Thanks People for Observing Shutdown

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairperson, Syed Ali Geelani, Thursday said India has no moral right to celebrate its republic day as it has been trampling the basic rights of people for last 70 years.

“Thanking people for observing shutdown, Geelani said that it proved beyond any doubt that people in state have nothing to do & are not interested with this and they are all out against the forced occupation.”

In a statement issued here, while referring to Governor’s address, the octogenarian leader said that it depicts their age-old obstinate and egoistic attitude and it is better for them to understand the message carried and conveyed by people’s uprising in year 2016.

Ridiculing the rulers’ approach, Geelani said that instead of taking note of the aspirations of people, they resort to “brute force” and with its military might are desperate to silence the genuine voices.

Commenting over governor’s address, Geelani said, “We resent and express our feelings through peaceful means and we are not craving for shutdown calls or protesting on streets. It is natural discourse and we will continue our fight and show our resentment till the last solider leaves our state.”

The Hurriyat patriarch said that governor’s address was nothing but jugglery of words. “It is their routine exercise, yet carry’s nothing except arrogance.”

While referring to the inflexible stance of New Delhi, Geelani said that natural law exists there and it is expected that the harsh approach of India will lead it to astray.

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