PIL against shutdowns
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Srinagar, Oct 18: Two NGOs today filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court seeking its directions to separatist leaders not to disrupt normal life in the Valley by calling for frequent strikes.
The petition sought court’s directions to Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Masrat Alam prohibiting them from issuing strike calls and protest calendars.
Jammu and Kashmir Tameer-e-Muashra Executive member Muhammad Sidiq Malik and Akhil Bharatiya Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi Foundation state president Ghulam Qadir Kullay have filed the PIL.
The PIL said frequent strikes have badly hit tourism and business sectors and has crippled the education system, according to the petitioners.
It said shutdowns and resultant clashes have resulted in loss of over 100 precious lives and injuries to more than 8,500 people including 4,000 security force personnel.
Besides the separatists, the petitioners have named the state Chief Secretary, the Home Secretary, the Director General of Police and the Additional DGP (Law and Order) as respondents in the PIL.
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