Shutdown paralyses life in Kashmir
27 October 2006
Indo-Asian News Service
Srinagar: Normal life in Jammu and Kashmir was dislocated Friday as markets, educational institutions and business establishments closed down in response to a strike call by separatists to protest the arrival of the army here this day in 1947.Even public transport stayed off the roads and people in Srinagar had to make do with the skeletal private transport and the few autorickshaws that defied the shutdown call.Attendance in government offices was also affected because of the lack of public transport in the city.The call for the shutdown was given by both the groups of the separatist Hurriyat conference headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Syed Ali Geelani. Many separatist groups also supported the call.The civil secretariat here, which houses the offices of the chief minister, his cabinet colleagues and all the senior bureaucrats of the state, closes down Friday for the six-month recess during which the seat of governance operates from the winter capital Jammu. The civil secretariat will reopen in Jammu on Nov 6.