Shutdown Strikes Everyday Life in Kashmir Valley

A secessionist called shutdown marking the death anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder Maqbool Butt (also Bhat) disarrayed everyday life in the Kashmir Valley Thursday even as strict security measures remained in place to prevent any untoward incident.

According to media reports, the police detained JKLF chairman Yasin Malik and other senior leaders of the organization.

Butt was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on this day in 1984.

The shutdown was total in the summer capital of Srinagar as shops and establishments remained closed and vehicular traffic came to a virtual standstill save for a few roads in the civil lines area.

A strong police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) presence was reported from the old city area, where roads were blocked with barricades and coils of razor fitted wire curtailing pedestrian and vehicular movement, reported IANS news agency.

The streets wore a deserted look as state government offices and banks across the city were closed.

The police foiled an attempt to take out a procession in the Maisuma locality of the city.

Life in other towns of the valley also remained crippled in view of the general strike. Shops and businesses were shut and traffic was off the roads.

According to ANI, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Liberation Party (JKDLP) has demanded for Butt’s mortal remains to be handed over to his family.

(Based on Media Reports. Pic from internet files)

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