Srinagar: Normal life in Kashmir was thrown out of gear on Saturday due to the shutdown called by the separatist conglomerate Hurriyat Conference, the Kashmir valley protesting the new land laws passed by the central government.
In Srinagar, all business establishments remained closed, attendance in government offices was thin with public transport off the roads and few private vehicles on the roads.
Security personnel were deployed in strength in vulnerable areas of the city and elsewhere in the Valley to avoid any untoward incident, according to the officials.
On Tuesday, October 27, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a notification allowing citizens of India to buy land in Jammu and Kashmir. The notification allows to buy and sell land for a factory, house, or shop in Jammu and Kashmir. For this, he does not need to give any permanent residence certificate as before.
The new land laws have triggered fears that the Centre wants to change the demography of the erstwhile state. The amendments have triggered anger in the valley with parties across the spectrum, except BJP, vowing to fight against the new laws.
This was the first shutdown call by separatists since August 5 last year when the Centre decided to scrap J&K’s special status and bifurcate it into Union territories.
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