Kashmir observed a complete shutdown on Saturday in response to a call given by separatist organisations in solidarity with students of Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and arrested Delhi University professor SAR Geelani.
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik and top Hurriyat leaders were placed under house arrest on Saturday, spokespersons of the parties said.
With the controversy surrounding the alleged shouting of anti-national slogans at an event about hanged Kashmiri militant Afzal Guru in JNU snowballing, sporadic protests have taken place in Kashmir over the last few days, including one at Kashmir University (KU).
Earlier this week, the Hurriyat Conference (G) and JKLF had called for a complete shutdown on Saturday against the police crackdown in JNU, the alleged harassment of Kashmiri students in Delhi and the arrest of Professor SAR Geelani.
On Saturday, routine activities stood paralysed in Srinagar as public transport remained off the roads and streets wore a deserted look with shops and offices shut down throughout the day.
Business establishments also remained closed. Inter-district transportation services across the Valley were unavailable and government offices and banks saw thin attendance.
Importantly, all exams which were scheduled to be held on Saturday have been postponed by KU. Railway services between north Kashmir’s Baramulla town and Bannihal town of Jammu region were suspended keeping in mind probable law and order issues.
Since morning, policemen and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were deployed at sensitive areas of Srinagar, but there was no restriction on public and vehicular movement in any locality.