Shutdown cripples life in Kashmir on Independence Day



A protest shutdown called by separatist leaders on Tuesday affected life adversely across the Kashmir Valley even though it was a public holiday on account of Independence Day.

Despite the protest call, all official functions including parades, flag hoisting and cultural programmes were held peacefully across the Valley.

While educational institutions, government offices, banks and post offices remained closed because of the holiday, no public or private transport moved on the roads.

Markets remained closed in Srinagar city and all other major cities and towns of the Valley.

Train services between Baramullah and Bannihal were suspended in the wake of the protest call.

Cellular and internet services were down for over five hours and were restored after the official parades at the district headquarters ended. - IANS