Shutdown, restrictions affect life in downtown Srinagar

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/11/2019 11:16:50 AM

JRL asks people to resume work today

SRINAGAR, Mar 10: A shutdown was today observed in downtown Srinagar in protest against the summoning of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) to New Delhi for questioning by NIA in the alleged funding case.
Restrictions were imposed by the authorities in the areas falling under the jusrisdiction of five police stations in downtown.
The two day shutdown call (for today and tomorrow) was given by various trade organisations for downtown who criticised summoning of Mirwaiz and Syed Naseem Geelani, son of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) to New Delhi tomorrow.
However, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), while thanking the teaders and teansporters for today's strike asked the people to resume normal work tomorrow and not to observe shutdown.
Because of the shutdown today shops and other business establishments remained closed in downtown and transport was also off the roads.
The authorities imposed restrictions in parts of the city as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in view of a strike.
Restrictions under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc) were imposed in five police station areas in the downtown area, also known as the old city, officials said. They said the curbs were imposed in the police station areas of Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, MR Gunj and Safakadal.
JRL in its statement asked people to resume their normal life tomorrow, saying any future programme will be communicated to them.
"The leadership hailed the support extended by the traders, transporters and other segments of the society towards leadership and thanked them and asked that normal life should be resumed on March 11. Any program will be communicated to people in the future," said the JRL, in a statement.
The JRL also termed as "sheer political vendetta" the summoning of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Geelani’s son Syed Naseem Geelani by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
"NIA raids on the residences of leaders and their relatives followed by summoning them to New Delhi is a fresh attempt to build pressure on the pro-resolution leadership to push them into submission so that they stop pursing the resolution of the Kashmir issue," they said, in the statement.



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