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Bandh paralyses life in Kashmir

india Updated: May 24, 2008 13:40 IST

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Normalcy in Kashmir was affected on Saturday following a strike call by the hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Sayed Ali Shah Geelani to protest President Pratibha Patil's five day visit to the state.

Shops, business establishments and educational institutes remained closed due to the strike and most public vehicles were off the road.

Geelani on Wednesday called for complete shutdown in protest against the President's visit claiming that there was "no justification" for her visit as "human rights violations by security forces were going on unabated in the state".

"Although we have no problem with Patil's visit, the government wants to give an impression through this visit that situation in normal in Jammu and Kashmir, which is not the case. Human rights violations are going on unabated," Geelani said.

Attendance in government offices was thin as only skeletal transport services plied along the city roads, sources said.

They said reports received from district headquarters of Kashmir also spoke of partial to complete response to Geelani's strike call.