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Kashmir observes strike, normal life hit

Asif Iqbal

Srinagar, April 12: Normal life was on Tuesday affected in Kashmir Valley due to a strike called by pro-freedom groups to protest against the harassment of Kashmiri students outside the state.

Shops, business establishments, petrol pumps and educational institutions remained shut in Srinagar while thin attendance was witnessed in banks and government offices, officials said.

They said public transport was off the roads. However, private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were plying normally.

Reports of shutdown were also received from other district headquarters in the Valley, the officials said.

Pro-freedom groups, including both factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF, had called for a strike today to protest alleged beating, harassment and intimidation of Kashmiri students outside the state.

Meanwhile, a police official said leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who head the parallel factions of Hurriyat Conference, have been placed under house arrest as a precautionary measure.

He said JKLF chairman, Yasin Malik was detained yesterday and lodged at Kothibagh police station.

So far, no untoward incident has been reported from anywhere in Kashmir, the official said.