Separatist shutdown affects life in Kashmir

All shops and other commercial establishments remained closed in commercial hub of Lal Chowk and other areas of the Srinagar city.
A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldier stands guards in city center Lal Chowk, Srinagar on Tuesday April 23, 2019. Muddasir Khan/GK.
A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldier stands guards in city center Lal Chowk, Srinagar on Tuesday April 23, 2019. Muddasir Khan/GK.

Normal life was affected in Kashmir valley on Tuesday due to a protest shutdown called by the separatist leadership against the alleged ill-treatment meted out to JKLF chief Yasin Malik in custody.

All shops and other commercial establishments remainedclosed in commercial hub of Lal Chowk and other areas of the Srinagar city.

Public transport remained off the roads while privatetraffic was plying.

Reports of shutdown were received from other districtheadquarters of the valley, including south Kashmir's Anantnag where polling isunderway for the Lok Sabha seat.The shutdown was called by the Joint Resistanceleadership – an amalgam of separatist outfits – against the "ill-treatment" toMalik in the NIA custody, suspension of cross-LoC trade and highway ban oncivilian traffic.

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