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Tinkering with Art 35-A
Bandh affects life in Doda, Kishtwar
Saidullah Rangrez
DODA, Aug 12: Normal life was affected as Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts Saturday observed a near total Bandh on the issue of Article 35-A.

In Doda, the call was given by senior National Conference leader and former Minister of State for Home Khalid Najib Suharwardhy.

Majority of the shops and other business establishments remained closed and there was skeletal presence of people in markets. However public transport plied normally and work in government offices also remained unaffected.

In the wake of bandh call, security arrangements were tightened. Round the clock patrolling was conducted and additional troops were deployed in sensitive areas.

Reports from Bhaderwah and Kishtwar said that a partial Bandh was observed.

Shops and other business establishments owned by a particular section of society were closed.

Meanwhile leaders of various social, political, religious and trader organizations expressed concern over the alleged government move to erode the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. While talking to media, Khalid Suharwardhy said that these kinds of moves by government would destabilize the political system of the state.

In Kishtwar, Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar Farooq Ahmed Kitchloo after Friday prayer had announced that the Kishtwar would remain closed on the issue.

Most of the business establishments and schools were closed, the traffic flow too was below normal.

In Bhaderwah, the Bandh call was given by the Anjuman Islamia Bhaderwah, Markazi Seerat Committee Doda, Anjuman Islamia Gandoh, Masjid Committee Thathri and Majlis-e-Shoura Kishtwar.

In Gandoh and Thathri, a mixed response was observed in response to Bandh call. The vehicles plied on roads as usual and the government offices also functioned normally.

News Updated at : Sunday, August 13, 2017
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