Kashmir Shutters Down, as India Marks Independence Day

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Separatists caged; Mobile, internet services suspended

AUG 15, 2018: An unprecedented protest shut down was observed in Indian-administered Kashmir on the occasion of India’s Independence Day.

The occupied valley witnessed a complete shutdown on Wednesday following a call given by the Joint Resistance Leadership. Shutters of all shops and business houses remained down as traffic too remained off roads.

In a statement, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) protested against the rights of the Kashmiri people being “trampled”. The statement said: “New Delhi is muzzling the voices of freedom in Kashmir and people, especially the youth, are being selectively killed every alternate day.”

To avoid protests by separatists, a large number of police and paramilitary forces were deployed at major intersections during the celebrations. Security personnel guarded barricades at the entry and exit points of Srinagar city, and mobile services and mobile internet services were snapped in the valley.

The services were resorted only after all the August 15 functions in Valley had concluded.

The top separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and others were placed under house arrest while JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik and some other separatist activists were detained and lodged in police stations.

Meanwhile the Indian prime minister said Kashmir dispute should be resolved peacefully by embracing the people of the region.

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