January 2019 News
Complete Shutdown In Kashmir Brings Life To Standstill26 January 2019
Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed in Kashmir on the call of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on R-Day. However, all official functions passed off peacefully. The police and paramilitary forces had set up check points at several places in the city. In Downtown parts, police and paramilitary forces were deployed to foil possible protests while as barricades and rolls of concertina wire were placed on roads to prevent assembly of people. Police had closed the road stretch from Zero Bridge to Ram MunshiBagh for vehicular traffic as a security measure because the main function was held at the highly-fortified SK Stadium, Sonwar. The road was thrown open for vehicular movement late in the afternoon. In the rest of the districts of the Valley also, a complete shutdown was observed. Talking to Greater Kashmir, inspector general of police Kashmir range Swayam Prakash Pani said: 'Day passed off peacefully across Kashmir and there was no untoward incident anywhere.' The police had launched a crackdown on the separatist leadership by placing top leaders under house detention. While as Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani continues to remain caged in his Hyderpora residence, JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik was detained from the Front's AbiGuzar office on Friday and lodged in police station Kothibagh. Senior Hurriyat Conference (M) leader and Peoples Political Party chairman Engineer Hilal Ahmed War was also detained from Rajbagh office and lodged in police station Maisuma. Separatist leaders Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Javaid Ahmed Mir, Zaffar Akbar Bhat, Bilal Sidiqqui, MukhtarWaza and others were confined to their homes by the police. The police said the leaders were 'kept under preventive detention to maintain order on R-day'.