February 2020 News

Amid Partial Restrictions, Life Hit Due To Shut-down On Bhat's Death Anniversary

11 February 2020
Kashmir Times
Majid Nabi

Srinagar: Life was affected today in Kashmir due to a shutdown on JKLF founder chairman Mohammad Maqbool Bhat's 36th death anniversary. Partial restrictions were also imposed at some places. Bhat was hanged and buried in Tihar Jail on this day in 1984. His mortal remains were refused to be handed over to his family for last rites. Authorities also snapped low speed 2G mobile internet services six months after snapping all communication lines in the valley following nullification of provisions of Article 370 on August 5 last year. 2G internet was however restored across valley in the evening at around 4.15 PM. Internet suspension officials said was a precautionary measure to prevent any law and order situation in susceptible zone following separatist's shutdown call on 36th death anniversary of Maqbool Bhat. All the shops, commercial establishments and fuel stations remained closed and traffic too was off the roads. However, skeletal movement of private vehicles, cabs and auto-rickshaws could be seen plying on roads amidst deployment of police and paramilitary troops. Attendance in government and semi-government offices, banks and courts was recorded thin as the employees could not make it to their respective workplaces due to non-availability of public transport. Security personnel were deployed in strength at vulnerable pockets in the old city and elsewhere in the valley to maintain law and order, officials said. However no untoward incident took place till reports last came in. Reports received from other parts of the valley including north and south Kashmir suggested that shutdown call evoked total response with all markets closed and traffic off the roads. Reports reaching here from central Kashmir said people observed complete shutdown in response to shutdown call.