Agence India Press
Srinagar: Kashmir observed a complete shutdown on January 26, the63rd Republic Day of India on the shutdown call given by the Valley’s separatists.
Chairman, Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani had asked people to observe a shutdown on the 63rd Republic Day of India and had urged to observe “India’s Republic Day as a Black Day in Kashmir.”
“People should observe the strike from 4 pm January 25 to January 26 evening. They should hoist black flags with the slogans of Go India Go. Though India claims to be one of the biggest democracies, however, it stands exposed as it has snatched the right to self-determination of Kashmiris since past 63-years. India has no right to observe or celebrate its Republic Day,” Geelani had said.
Meanwhile, all Kashmiri separatists had endorse for a shutdown call on the January 26. The strike call received a positive response from the Valleyities.
Security had been intensified across the Kashmir Valley to foil any attempt of untoward incident on the celebrations of January 26.
On Thursday, the roads leading to Bakshi stadium and various other venues were the January 26 celebrations were being held were completely sealed.
The roads wore a deserted look across Srinagar and other major towns in the Valley while shops and other business establishments remained closed. The traffic remained off the roads in the Srinagar city, while skeletal traffic moved in the far-flung areas.
Mobile service was also blocked for a few hours which brought immense inconvenience to the people. The services were resumed after the celebrations ended here.
Mahesh, a tourist from Mumbai told Agence India Press that, “I could not talk with my family to convey my Independence Day greetings as the service of all the mobile service operators has put off mobile connectivity for few hours across Kashmir.” (AIP NEWS)
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