Kashmir shuts on JRL call, restrictions in Srinagar parts

Srinagar: Kashmir Valley is observing a complete shutdown on Friday on the call of Joint Resistance Leadership.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising of octogenarian Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairperson Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik on Thursday asked the people to observe shutdown against the arrest spree, ban on socio/religious organization Jamat-I-Islami, attempts to tinker with hereditary state subject law and detention of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) cadres under Public Safety Act.

Reports said that authorities have imposed restrictions in Maisuma, Rainawari, Khanyar, MR Gunj and Safa Kadal areas of Srinagar city. Hurriyat (M) chairperson and Kashmir’s chief cleric Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has been placed under house arrest at his Nigeen residence.

Geelani continues to remain under house arrest in Hyderpora locality of Srinagar for last 8 years, while Malik was arrested on February 22 and has been slapped with PSA and shifted to Kot Balwal jail.

Witnesses said that all shops and other business establishments are shut in capital city Srinagar while public transport is off the roads. Similar reports were received from other district headquarters.

The administration has intensified security arrangements at several places in the capital city. “Heavy contingents of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed in sensitive areas,” they said.

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