Complete shutdown observed in IHK on Modi’s visit

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 7 (APP): Complete shutdown was observed on
Saturday to protest against Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s
visit to Srinagar, Indian Held Kashmir (IHK).
All shops, business establishments and educational
institutions remained closed while traffic was off the road.
People released black balloons in Held Srinagar to express their
resentment against the visit of Narendra Modi, Kashmir Media
Service (KMS) reported.
The occupation authorities had taken unprecedented security
measures and turned Srinagar into a fortress. Mobile and Internet
services were suspended in the city.
The authorities had also imposed curfew and restrictions in
Held Srinagar and other major towns by deploying Indian troops
and police personnel in strength.
The action was aimed at stopping the people from conducting
the Million March at TRC ground in Srinagar, call for which was
given by the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, and was
supported by other pro-freedom leaders.
Despite restrictions, people staged anti-India demonstrations
in Srinagar, Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara, Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Bandipore, Pampore and other areas and tried to conduct the march.
However, Indian troops and police personnel stopped them from heading
to the TRC ground. Indian forces’ personnel used brute force against
the demonstrators at various places, injuring several persons.
Indian police arrested Syed Ali Gilani, Zamruda Habib and
several other Hurriyet leaders and activists from different areas
of Srinagar when they tried to march towards the TRC ground.
All other Hurriyet leaders were kept under house arrest or
illegal detention to stop them from leading the march. Member of
the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed was
arrested after he waved black flag at his residence to protest
against Modi’s visit.
Meanwhile, Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabbir
Ahmed Shah, Zafar Akbar Butt and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation
Front in their statements strongly denounced the imposition of curbs
by the authorities to prevent the Million March.
They also appreciated people for observing complete shutdown on
the visit of Indian Prime Minister.