Strike on 24th death anniversary of JKLF founder cripples life

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Srinagar, Feb 11 (UNI) Life in the Kashmir valley was today crippled due to general strike, called by almost all separatist organisations on the 24th death anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder leader Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged to death on this day in Delhi's Tihar jail in 1984.

Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads. However, some private vehicles and three wheelers could be seen plying in the civil lines.

Work in the government offices, semi government organisations and other commercial establishments was affected as employees stayed away from work in response to call also given by both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference HC), JKLF and other separatists.

A report from Anantnag said near total strike was observed in the town and other areas in the district. Streets wore a deserted look with only security forces and police personnel deployed.

Government offices, including banks, also remained closed as employees could not make to their offices because of non availability of transport.

Similar reports were also received from other districts and town, including Baramulla, Sopore and Pattan.

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