Chenab Valley shuts

A complete shutdown is being observed across Chenab Valley from August 30 against “deliberate attempts” to tinker with the Article 35A of the Constitution.
Chenab Valley shuts
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A complete shutdown is being observed across Chenab Valley from August 30 against "deliberate attempts" to tinker with the Article 35A of the Constitution.

The Supreme Court had on August 5 adjourned a scheduled hearing on a cluster of petitions challenging the validity of Article 35A as one of the members of three-judge bench was not present.

After the JRL (Joint Resistance) Leadership) called for 'Kashmir Bandh' on August 30 and 31 against the proposed abrogation of Article 35A, AnjumanIslamiaBhadarwah, MarkaziSeerat Committee Doda, AnjumanIslamiaGandoh, Masjid Committee Thathri and Majlis-e-ShouraKishtwar simultaneously also gave a bandh call resulting in a complete shutdown in Chenab Valley by the particular community.

Shops, other business establishments and some private schools of particular community remained closed, however government schools and offices functioned normally and traffic was plying on the roads as usual.

Renowned social worker of Chenab region and  President Jamia Masjid SarafanImtiaz-ur-Rehman Butt alleged, "BJP government and it's agencies instead of making honest efforts to bring peace to the valley are busy in raking up the issues which are hurting the sentiments of the common masses in Jammu and Kashmir which is further alienating them from India."

"Any tinkering with Article 35-A can lead to tearing apart our accessions with India and BJP knows it well, but they are using judiciary to befool people," Imtiaz-ur-Rehman added.

Meanwhile mainstream political parties including National Conference, Congress and CPM are also up in arms against the government and have threatened of dire consequences if the said Article is fiddled with.

"New Delhi's only agenda is to erode the autonomous structure of the state but abrogation of Article 35A would lead to an uprising and far greater revolt than any other till date and I wonder whether  government would be able to control that," said Sheikh Shafi, provincial Secretary NC.

"Delhi has a history of broken promises and this is in continuation of that, as they are trying to overreach through back door by using Judiciary but this will have dire consequences and we will never let that happen," Sheikh added.

Article 35A guarantees special rights and privileges to permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir and thereby prohibiting non-permanent residents from permanent settlement and from acquiring immovable properties, government jobs and scholarships in the state. The provision also empowers the State Legislature to define such "permanent residents".

At Kishtwar, all the shops, business establishments, some educational institutions remained closed following the bandh call given by the Majlis-e-ShooraKishtwar, which is an amalgam of local Imams and traders of Kishtwar.

Reports said that Doda, Gandoh, Kahara and Thathri also observed complete shutdown on the bandh call. 

Meanwhile security forces were put on high alert as extra columns of Police and CRPF forces were deployed at all the sensitive places and near Jamia Masjids of Bhadarwah, Doda, Thathri, Gandoh and Kishtwar to thwart any untoward incident.

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