Agence India Press
Srinagar: Kashmir Valley observed a complete shutdown on the call given by Hurriyat Conference (G) against the state government’s move to shift political Kashmiri detainees outside Kashmir.
Chairman, Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani had called for strike today. The shutdown call was also endorsed by various separatist groups and High Court Bar Association.
Shops, banks and other business and commercial establishments remained closed due to the strike. However, in the uptown areas, shops were partially open.
Transport services were also severely affected with public transport remaining off the roads.
However, private vehicles could be seen plying on the roads in the summer capital Srinagar and other parts of the Valley. Skeletal Government passenger buses were playing on different civilian routes.
Roads in the Shahr-e-Khaas wore a deserted look and children were seen plying cricket on the streets.
Educational institutions and private offices too remained closed. The attendance in government offices and banks remained affected in wake of the shutdown call.
Heavy deployment of security forces was kept in strength in sensitive areas to avoid any untoward incident.
However, the day passed off peacefully and there was not report of any untoward incident anywhere in the Valley.
Geelani in his statement had described the detention of Kashmiri prisoners outside Kashmir jails as ‘unjustified.’
“The shifting of the detainees is a practice in pure vengeance and done just to harass the people of Kashmir. We cannot sit silent, therefore, the strike shall be held on February 7 and before that these protest shall be staged on February 3,” Geelani had said last week.
Lashing out at authorities for the move, he said shifting of the inmates to outside jails was a violation of the Supreme Court guidelines on the matter which provide for lodging them in jails in their home district.
“According to the Supreme Court ruling, the prisoners are to be kept in the jails closest to their residence so that they could meet their kin. But here the rules are violated to harass people,” he had said.
Meanwhile, the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front have called for shutdown on February 11 to commemorate the death anniversary of Muqbool Bhat, the founder of the freedom movement in Kashmir, who was hanged to death on this date in 1984 at Tihar Jail. (AIP News)
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