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Strike disrupts normal life in Kashmir Valley

The Kashmir Valley observed a shutdown on Saturday to protest against the Public Safety Act invoked against Masarat Alam by the State government.

The Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani had called for the shutdown.

A J&K police spokesperson told The Hindu while the deployment of Armed forces was increased, no street protest or stone throwing or clash was reported.

Offices, banks open

While government offices and banks functioned on Saturday, most of the educational institutions and businesses in the Valley remained closed and public transport largely kept off the roads.

Alam was arrested on April 17 after he participated in a pro-Independence rally where some people raised Pakistan flags.

After his arrest on April 17, Alam was booked under Sections 147 (rioting), 341 (wrongful restraint), 336 (endangering life), 427 (damage to property), 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), 121 (sedition), 124 (A) (waging war against state) of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) and under 13 Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Even as the court on Wednesday reserved its decision on Alam’s bail plea for Saturday, the government booked him under a PSA, rendering the court’s decision on his bail irrelevant.

The Budgam Chief Judicial Magistrate also denied Alam bail on Saturday.

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