Mudasir Khan

Today’s spontaneous shutdown and clashes show the anger

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By: Mudasir khan

Srinagar: Even before the hearing of petitions in the Supreme Court challenges the validity of Article 35(A), on Monday clashes and shutdown across Kashmir on a rumour has shown that how much anger is brewing on the ground against any onslaught on the special status of Jammu and Kashmir State.

The clashes erupted in Anantnag and Shopian in South Kashmir in which dozens of people were injured on Monday morning including some pellet injuries to young boys who have been hospitalized. The government and police spokesman immediately denied the rumours and requested the people to maintain calm as there has been no hearing of the petitions in Supreme Court on Monday.

Clashes, shutdown and chaos started in entire Kashmir Valley after some sections of media circulated news that Article 35(A) would be scraped in Supreme Court today. The top court has fixed the hearing for August 31 in its response Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has given a call of hartal on 30th and 31st of August.

The scale of protests and clashes across Kashmir including in Srinagar city have shown that anger is brewing on the ground and if there is any tinkering with Article 35(A) it would be a real difficult situation for the security forces to handle across Kashmir. With new Governor in Raj Bhawan, the security forces and police have tried their best to maintain calm, but the scale of protests was so huge on Monday morning that they used force to disperse the crowds.

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