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Kashmir shuts against mass arrests on the call of JRL

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By: Javaid Butt

Srinagar: Life remained crippled in entire Kashmir Valley and Banihal on Sunday in response to the hartal call given by JRL against the recent crackdown of the government on pro-separatist elements and also their mechanations to temper Article 35(A).

Police responded to the call of JRL in Srinagar city by imposing restrictions in most of the downtown areas on Sunday. Due to severe restrictions and paralysis of life by JRL call, the streets wore deserted look with public transport of the roads. The business establishments including shops and Sunday Market remained closed. Reports from other parts of the Kashmir Valley said that all the township and business establishments in the district headquarters remained closed.

Shutdown was witnessed in Banihal in solidarity with people of Kashmir and the people of Banihal said that they are against the mass arrests in Kashmir Valley.

Police deployed additional CRPF troops in all the sensitive places of Srinagar city in order to avoid any violence and protests. In the past two days, police and security forces have been arresting hundreds of pro-separatist elements from entire Kashmir including from Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamiat-e-Ahle-Hadith. The raids according to the police sources will continue as they are framing lists of trouble makers in all the sensitive places of Kashmir and said that all of them would be arrested very soon.

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