Shutdown called by Geelani aides affects normal life in Kashmir

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 13:26

Srinagar: Normal life in Kashmir was
affected partially on Tuesday following a strike call given by
hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference to protest against
Delhi Police`s restriction order against its chairman Syed Ali
Shah Geelani barring him from leaving the national capital.

While shops and business establishments in Lal Chowk,
a commercial hub, and adjoining areas remained closed, the
shutdown call was partially observed in civil lines area of
the city and other suburbs, official sources said.

Movement of traffic was also affected but commercial
and private vehicles were plying on some routes in the city.

Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, founded by Geelani, had called for
a shutdown today against the restrictions on the hardline
Hurriyat chairman by the Delhi police disallowing him from
leaving the capital.

The Delhi police want to question Geelani in
connection with a Hawala case in which his close aide Ghulam
Mohammad Bhat and two others have already been arrested.

Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar yesterday said Geelani
was being framed in the case to defame the separatist movement
in Kashmir.

The shutdown call has also been supported by the
United Jehad Council (UJC) headed by Syed Salahuddin.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 13:26

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