Shutdown in Kashmir valley

Despite a peaceful Independence Day, Kashmir valley observed a total shutdown on Friday following a call by the separatists. Authorities imposed several restrictions, including snapping cellular phone services.

Reports said police and CRPF were deployed in large numbers in the old city area of Srinagar.
People however alleged that they imposed an unofficial curfew as the security men did not allow them to move out of their homes. Most of the roads and streets were barricaded by concertina wires to check pedestrian and vehicular movement.

Restrictions were more severe in and around the stadium area in the city’s uptown, where Chief Minister Omar Abdullah hoisted the tricolour. Lal Chowk in the city centre was also out of bounds for people as large contingents of CRPF and police personnel were deployed in the area.

 All roads leading to the city centre were also barricaded.Elsewhere in the Valley, shops were closed and vehicles were not plying on the roads due to the complete shutdown.

 Authorities also blocked internet and mobile phones for several hours in the morning.
They were restored in the afternoon when the official I-Day functions concluded both in Srinagar and in the district headquarters.

Mobile services were suspended as a precaution in the state for several years to prevent militants from triggering remote controlled bombs using cell phone signals.

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