SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown is being observed in occupied Kashmir today against Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit.
The call for the shutdown was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
All markets and business establishments are closed, while traffic is off the roads in Srinagar and other parts of the territory.
The resistance leaders in a statement issued in Srinagar said: “The strike is being observed by the people of Kashmir to prove to the world community and the Indian leadership that genuine people’s movement in Kashmir cannot be crushed by using military might or harassing the leadership.”
Singh arrived in Srinagar on Saturday on a four-day visit to the territory.
Meanwhile, the authorities have imposed restrictions in areas falling under Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Maharaj Gunj, Safa Kadal and Maisuma police stations in Srinagar.
Railway authorities have suspended train services between north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Jammu’s Bannihal towns. Forces’ personnel have been deployed in strength in Srinagar. The restrictions have been put in place to ensure Singh’s visit remains peaceful.
Meanwhile, Gilani continues to remain under house arrest while Farooq was placed under house arrest on Friday night and Malik remains imprisoned at Central Jail, Srinagar.-Web Desk