Separatists’ call for shutdown on legal challenge to Article 35-A, Article 370 hits normal life in Kashmir

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Normal life was hit in Kashmir on Wednesday due to a shutdown called by separatists to protest against the legal challenge to Article 35-A and Article 370 of the Constitution, which grant special privileges to Jammu and Kashmir. Petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court, challenging the constitutional validity of the articles. The two-day shutdown, which began on Wednesday, has been called by the Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik. Shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut in Srinagar, the states summer capital, while public transport was off the roads, official said. However, private vehicles could be seen plying in several areas of the city, they said. Also read| The officials said reports of shutdown were received from other district headquarters in the Valley. Articles 35-A and 370 grant special status to Jammu and Kashmir and special rights and privileges to its permanent residents, respectively. The JRL in a statement has said, They warned the authorities that if anything adverse to the interests of the people of J-K and its disputed status is announced through the courts, a mass peoples agitation will be started instantly across the state and the responsibility of the consequences of that will be entirely on those forcing us to react.

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