Shutdown in Kashmir valley impacts life

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A shutdown called by protesting separatists affected people across the Kashmir Valley on Tuesday. The separatists who are fighting for secession of the state had asked the people to observe Tuesday as a “Black Day”.

Shops, public transport, businesses and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar and all other district headquarters in the Valley. Attendance in government offices, banks and post offices was thin due to non-availability of public transport.

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Senior separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Asiya Andrabi and others called for a shutdown on Tuesday against the landing of the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir on 27 October 1947 following the accession of the state with India by the then Dogra Maharaja Hari Singh.

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Private vehicles and auto-rickshaws, however, plied on roads in some areas of Srinagar city.

Authorities have placed separatist leaders, including Geelani and Mirwaiz, under house arrest in the city, but no restrictions have been imposed anywhere on public movement on Tuesday.

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Contingents of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force have been deployed in full riot gear in the areas of the valley.

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