JK: Separatist shutdown cripples normal life

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Srinagar, Apr 13: A shutdown called by Jammu Kashmir's Hurriyat Conference has crippled normal life in the state on Tuesday, Apr 13.

The shutdown was called to protest the conviction of six Kashmiris in New Delhi's Lajpat Nagar bombing case.

Public transport was off the roads and shops, educational institutions, banks and other business establishments were closed as the shutdown called by hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani came into effect.

Authorities have made tight security in the Old City areas where heavy deployment of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been made.

"We have reports that some anti-social elements might try to create a law and order situation in the Old City areas. That is why we have taken preventive measures," said Javaid Riyaz, the senior superintendent of police.

"Section 144 of the penal code (prohibiting the gathering of more than five people) is in force. Nobody will be allowed to violate it," he said

The shutdown comes on a day striking government employees had said schools across the state would resume and teachers would render voluntary services from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm.

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