Kashmir as well as Banihal township of Jammu province Saturday observed a complete shutdown against landing of forces in Kashmir on this day in 1947. The call for shutdown was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
Business establishments in the city center and elsewhere were closed while attendance in government and private offices was reported to be thin. Public transport was off the roads. However, private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were seen plying in some areas of the city.
Shutdown was also observed in northern, southern and central Kashmir districts, according to reports reaching here.
Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces were deployed in all major towns of Kashmir to thwart any possible protests, witnesses said.
Train service from Baramulla to Banihal was also suspended for "security reasons."
Restrictions under section 144 of CrPC, which bars assembly of four or more persons in an area, remained in force in Nowhatta, MR Gunj, SafaKadal, Rainawari, Khanyar, Kralkhud and Maisuma areas of Srinagar as a "precautionary measure to maintain law and order" in view of the strike called by the JRL, a police officer said. "The day however passed off peacefully."
Shutdown was also observed in Banihal and its adjoining areas on the call of JRL.
All shops and business establishments remained closed, while passenger transport remained affected in inner routes of Banihal and its adjoining areas.
However educational institutions and government offices, as well as the Jammu-Srinagar highway, remained open.
The district administration and police said the day passed off peacefully "without any incident of violence."