Sri­na­gar strikes for Ar­ti­cle 35A

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - DNA Correspondent correspondent@dnain­

Sri­na­gar: A day ahead of the Supreme Court hear­ing on Fri­day on Ar­ti­cle 35 A, the Val­ley re­mained tense and ob­served a com­plete shut­down on Thurs­day. Cur­few like re­stric­tions were also im­posed in old Sri­na­gar city as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure.

Shops and busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments were closed while traf­fic was en­tirely off roads. Schools and col­leges, too, were shut on Thurs­day. The gen­eral strike was part of a two-day protest call given by Joint Resistance Lead­er­ship (JRL) of sep­a­ratists against any move to tin­ker with the state sub­ject law un­der Ar­ti­cle 35 A.

The JRL has also asked peo­ple to re­main ready for ag­i­ta­tion in case Ar­ti­cle 35 A is struck down. “De­spite curbs, cur­fews, house ar­rests com­plete strike across J&K as peo­ple ex­press their strong re­sent­ment and protest against the ne­far­i­ous de­sign of tin­ker­ing with state sub­ject laws. No amount of co­er­cion will de­ter peo­ple from fight­ing this as­sault with all our might & con­vic­tion” tweeted Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq, Mod­er­ate Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence chair­man.

Supreme Court is re­sum­ing the hear­ing on the case on Fri­day. Un­der Ar­ti­cle 35 A, In­dian cit­i­zens, other than the state sub­jects of Jammu and Kash­mir, can­not ac­quire im­mov­able prop­erty, get state gov­ern­ment jobs, avail state­spon­sored schol­ar­ship schemes or have the vot­ing rights in the mil­i­tancy in­fested state.

A shut­tered Sri­na­gar on Thurs­day

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