Kashmir observes shutdown

Mobile Phones Jammed

SHABIR IBN YUSUF

Srinagar, Jan 26: Life across Kashmir was paralyzed on Saturday due to a separatist-sponsored strike even as mobile phones across the valley were jammed for hours as a security measure by the government.
Shops and business establishments across Srinagar were closed and both public and private transport was off the roads as the separatist organizations had urged people to observe a protest shutdown on the R-Day.
Reports of complete shutdown were also received from all the districts of south and north Kashmir. Inter-district transport was also off the roads. On account of Government holiday, banks, post offices, government offices and educational institutions were closed.
To foil any attempt of disruption in R-Day functions, the authorities deployed heavy contingents of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) across Srinagar and major towns of the valley.
Police and CRPF dressed in full battle gear patrolled the deserted streets of Srinagar and major towns of valley. Sharpshooters were deployed on high-rise buildings around Bakshi Stadium and no vehicle was allowed to ply on the roads around the Stadium during the R-Day function.
The security forces began withdrawing from around sensitive installations soon after the official R-Day functions ended across the valley in the afternoon. Small markets in localities also started opening and thin private transport returned to most areas.
Police said the day passed off peacefully. “It was all peaceful today. There was no untoward incident in any part of the valley,” a police officer said and added that authorities had made adequate security arrangements to foil any attempt of disruption in R-Day functions.
Mobile phones and internet services across Kashmir fell silent from 8 am till noon as service providers switched off the links following instructions from the security agencies as part of precautionary measures on R-Day.
An official of police department told Greater Kashmir that mobile phone and portable internet services were shut down to ensure that no electronically controlled remote control devices were operated by militants. He termed it a part of security measures.
The official said that since 2005, mobile services across the valley remain down on January 26 and August 15 after militants used a mobile phone to trigger a bomb blast outside Bakshi Stadium that year.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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