Shut down over demand for college enters 6th day

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Srinagar, Dec 29 (UNI) A total shut down at Charar-e-Sharief town and adjoining villages in central Kashmir district of Badgam, over the demand for setting up of a degree college, entered 6th day today.

Today more than two dozen other villages, also joined the strike in support of reopening of a degree college.

Shops and business establishments at Charar-e-Sharief, including around the holy shrine of Sheikh Nooruddin Wali remained closed and traffic was off the road.

People from different villages again gathered near the holy shrine to protest against the state governments silence over the issue.

The agitators, declaring that the strike will continue till their demand was met, raised slogans against the government.

Reports of total strike were also received from other adjoining villages, including Nougam, Chadoora and Kandajan, Alamdar coloney and Pakherpora. At Chadoora, people blocked the Srinagar-Charar-e- Sharief road and raised slogans against the government.

Demanding setting up of a degree college in the area, the agitators alleged that there is no degree college in the entire area and hundreds of students of about three dozen villages had to travel to Srinagar for studies.

Work in government offices and other commercial establishments was also affected due to the strike.

The valley witnessed similar demands from other areas.

However, at Magam, one person was killed and 25 others were injured after police opened fire to disperse violent demonstrators last week.

UNI

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