Kashmir: Security Clampdown Keeps Peace On I-Day

JRL Call Shuts Life, Govt Snaps Mobile Phones, Internet

SRINAGAR — All mobile phone networks and internet services remained suspended for most of the day Wednesday while a complete shutdown paralysed normal life on the 72nd Indian Independence Day in Kashmir.

As during every I-Day, extensive security measures were in place across Jammu and Kashmir, more so deep into Kashmir Valley especially Srinagar where governor N N Vohra presided over the official function. 

With an age-old rationale of keeping militants and stone throwing protesters at bay, the present 56-day old governor administration didn’t do anything different than erstwhile PDP-BJP government or their predecessors. Following the same old strategy of laying a siege, the governor administration deployed a heavy contingent of police and paramilitary forces on all roads that led to Srinagar’s SK Cricket Stadium, where official ceremony was marked by unfurling the tricolour and reviewing an honour guard.

As usual government forces had erected barricades on all major roads of the city, conducting surprise searches and frisking operations besides patrolling the areas surrounding the venue where the flag was hoisted.

On Tuesday night, the J&K police followed its decade-old ritual of putting all the resistance leaders under house arrest and conducting raids in Srinagar’s old city to arrest “suspected stone throwers”.

Meanwhile, a strike called by joint resistance leadership against Independence Day celebrations paralysed normal life.

Shops, private offices, fuel stations and other businesses were shut in Srinagar and other districts, the official said.

Otherwise bustling Srinagar city wore a deserted look as vehicles remained off roads and people by and large stayed indoors. Barely any private car was seen plying.

The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had asked people to observe a “black day” and observe a complete strike.

 

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