Srinagar, March 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, shutdown is being observed in Srinagar and adjoining areas, today, against the summoning of Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq by India’s National Investigation Agency to New Delhi for questioning.

Call for the strike was given by the Srinagar-based Traders Coordination Committee, an amalgam of various trade bodies and was supported by Beopar Mandal Mahrajgunj and Jamia Market, Srinagar. All shops and business establishments are closed while traffic is off the road in downtown Srinagar.

The authorities Sunday imposed restrictions in parts of the Srinagar city in view of the strike. Restrictions under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc) were imposed in five police station areas in the downtown area, also known as the old city. Rhe curbs were imposed in the police station areas of Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, MR Gunj and Safakadal.

The Coordination Committee chairman Nazir Shah said the summoning Mirwaiz is a direct attack on religion, which is unacceptable to the trade community. He said the traders would hit the streets if the summon is not revoked.

“The Mirwaiz family has been at the forefront of religious activities and any attack on him is an attack on Kashmiris,” said Nazir Shah. He said New Delhi is pushing the people of Kashmir into fire by making an onslaught on socio-religious organisations and religious leadership.


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