Shutdown Against Panchayat Polls Affects Life in Kashmir

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Deserted Lal Chowk during the shutdown. — GK photo

Caravan News

SRINAGAR — Life across the Kashmir Valley was affected on Saturday due to a shutdown called by the separatists against the panchayat polls which began on Saturday in the state.

The shutdown was called by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, reports IANS.

Barring some private vehicles on the roads public transport, shops, fuel stations and other business establishments in Srinagar city, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

Non-availability of public transport also affected attendance in government offices, banks and post offices. Majority of educational institutions remained closed.

Similar reports of the shutdown were received from other district headquarters of the valley, according to officials.

Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were deployed on Srinagar’s old city areas and other law and order sensitive places .

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