Strike paralyses life in Kashmir
Normal life across the Kashmir Valley was affected on Monday because of a shutdown called by separatists to protest a court judgment. Last week, the state high court ruled that “life imprisonment meant imprisonment for life” while disposing of a petition by a senior separatist leader, Qasim Faktoo, who had pleaded for release since he had already completed 14 years in jail after being sentenced for life by a trial court.
Monday’s strike call was from hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani and the pro-independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF). Shops were shut and public transport stayed off the roads in capital Srinagar and other towns. Authorities have made elaborate security arrangements in Srinagar and other towns to maintain law and order. Attendance in government offices was thin, while schools in the capital were shut.IANS