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Kashmir tense ahead of Article 35-A hearing in Supreme Court

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    Srinagar, Aug 6: Life in Kashmir on Sunday came to a standstill due to a complete shutdown called by separatists against the legal challenge in the Supreme Court on the validity of Article 35A, which bars people from outside Jammu and Kashmir from acquiring any immovable property in the state.

    Kashmir tense ahead of Article 35-A hearing in Supreme Court

    The situation across the valley is peaceful with no untoward incident reported from anywhere so far, officials said.

    Shops and business establishments were closed across the Valley while all kinds of transport remained off the roads due to the strike called.

    The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a two-day strike - today and tomorrow - as Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a PIL challenging the validity of the Article 35A tomorrow.

    The state government has filed an application before the Registrar of the Supreme Court, informing that it is going to seek adjournment of the hearing of the petition + in view of the "ongoing preparations for the upcoming Panchayat and urban local body and municipal elections in the state".

    The officials said security forces have been deployed in strength at vulnerable places in the city and elsewhere in Kashmir for maintaining law and order.

    Various organisations included Bar Association, transporters and traders' bodies have extended support to the shutdown call of the JRL, comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.

    Protests have been held across the length and breadth of Kashmir over the past few days with mainstream parties like the National Conference and PDP also holding rallies in support of continuing Article 35A.

    Train services as well as the Amarnath yatra have been suspended in the Valley in view of the strike called by separatists.

    A railway official said there are apprehensions of law and order problem in the valley, hence train service will remain suspended for two days on August 5 and 6.

    Meanwhile, a few hundred pilgrims camping in Jammu to join the yatra to the 3,880 metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas were not allowed from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp this morning, the officials said.

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