Rising Kashmir NewsSrinagar, Aug 12:
Normal life in Kashmir and Chenab Valley came to a grinding halt due to shutdown called by the separatist leaders against the attempts to abrogate Article 35A of the Constitution, which grants special privileges to residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
The schools, colleges, shops, business establishments and private offices remained closed while public transport was off the roads.
The attendance in government offices and banks was affected by the strike.
Authorities also imposed restrictions in five police station areas -- Maharajgunj, Nowhatta, Khanyar, Nowhatta and Rainawari to foil protests.
The police and CRPF men had placed barricades on the roads to restrict movement of the people.
The authorities also suspended train services between Banihal and Baramulla as a precautionary measure.
The University of Kashmir and Board of School Education (BOSE) had postponed all the examinations scheduled for today.
The separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik had called for the shutdown today against the moves to abrogate Article 35-A.
Article 35A defines the residency laws in Jammu and Kashmir and bars outsiders from buying any immovable property or applying for jobs in the state government.
The separatist leaders have said plea against Article 35A in Supreme court was part of plans to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir, which is a Muslim majority state.
The Supreme Court had last month asked the Government of India to file a reply within three weeks to a writ petition filed by an NGO seeking that Article 35A be struck down.
The Chenab Valley comprising Doda and Kishtwar also observed complete shutdown today against attempts to abrogate Article 35-A.
The shutdown in Kishtwar was called by Majlis-e-Shoora Kishtwar, an amalgam of local Imams and traders. The shutdown in Doda was called by Anjuman Islamia Bhadarwah, Markazi Seerat Committee Doda and Anjuman Islamia Gandoh, Masjid Committee Thathri.