Article 35A: Kashmir shuts over JRL’s call against ‘attempts to scrap it’
Srinagar: Complete shutdown is being observed in Kashmir over Joint Resistance Leadership’s call for two day strike in support of Article 35A of Indian constitution defining permanent residents of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and against ‘attempts to scrap it’.
Article 35A also bars people from outside the state from acquiring any immovable property in the state.
Shops and other business establishments are closed while public transport was mainly off the roads, and reports said.
In Srinagar city and other district towns in the Valley, reports and residents said, there has been deployment of government forces at several places to prevent protests.
The strike by the JRL comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik comes as the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear various petitions challenging the validity of Article 35A and Article 370 tomorrow.
The state government has filed an application before the Supreme Court, seeking adjournment of the hearing till a elected government is established in the state.