Life in Charar-e-Sharief remains crippled due to strike for college

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Srinagar, Dec 26: Life remained paralysed for the third day today in Charar-e-Sharief town and adjoining villages in the central Kashmir district of Badgam, due to a total shut down, demanding setting up of a degree college in the area.

Similar protests were also held in other areas of the valley last week after the Jammu and Kashmir cabinet announced the decision to set up 18 new degree colleges across the state. Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the road in the town, including in and around the holy shrine of Sheikh Noor-ud-din Wali.

Reports of total strike were also received from other adjoining villages, including Nougam, Chadoora and Kandajan, Alamdar coloney and Pakherpora.

People, who have blocked traffic on main roads, are demanding setting up of a degree college in the area.

They 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 strike.

Similar demands were received from other areas of the valley. However, at Magam, one person was killed and 25 others injured after police opened fire to disperse violent demonstrators last week.


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