Shutdown affects life in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar: Life was affected here and in other parts of the Kashmir Valley due to a shutdown called by separatists against the government's proposal to set up composite townships for displaced Kashmiri Pandits.

Markets, public transport and other businesses remained closed in Srinagar and other district of the valley, though government offices, banks and post offices functioned normally.

Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were deployed in large number to maintain law and order situation in sensitive areas of Srinagar.

Separatists including those in the hardline camp headed by Syed Ali Geelani, moderate camp headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and JKLF headed by Yasin Malik have called for a shutdown on Saturday to protest against proposal to set up townships for Kashmiri Pandits.

More than two dozen people were injured here on Friday as security forces and JKLF supporters clashed after their leader Yasin Malik was detained during a protest march against moves to set up separate enclaves for pandits in the valley.

Separatists have opposed the move alleging that it is similar to the Israeli government's plan to set up a separate place for Jews.

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