Srinagar strikes for Article 35A
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