Indian Republic Day Witnesses Shutdown in Kashmir
Both the factions of Hurriyat Conference, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and Hizbul Mujahideen have called for a strike today to protest against R-Day programmes in the state.
Normal life has been paralysed in Kashmir on Tuesday due to a shutdown called by separatist groups and restrictions imposed by the authorities to prevent any protests against R-Day functions in the valley.
Both the factions of Hurriyat Conference, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and Hizbul Mujahideen have called for a strike today.
They have asked the people to observe Jan 26 as a 'Black Day' to attract attention of international community towards the Kashmir dispute.
All the shops and other business establishments are closed in capital Srinagar while public transport is off the roads.
Government offices and banks are closed due to a public holiday.
Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed at all major exit and entry points to Srinagar.
All the major separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Yasin Malik and Shabir Shah have been placed under house arrest to prevent them from leading any rallies.
The main function on the day is being held at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar.
The reports of shutdown were also received from other district headquarters of the valley.
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