At a time when the whole world observed world Human Rights Day, the people in Kashmir observed partial shutdown on Tuesday with all the shops and other business establishments remaining closed throughout the day.According to the wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), all the shops and other business establishments remained closed while as the traffic was also thin on the roads.The shutdown was observed as mark of protest against the ‘Human Rights violation’ in Kashmir, reports said. Witnesses said that the public traffic was thin on the roads today while as private vehicles were seen plying normally.Pertinently, Valley observed spontaneous shutdown for almost 100 days since August 5 to protest against the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of erstwhile State into two Union Territories by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the centre.However, the people now have resumed their respective businesses but only for first half while they observe shutdown for the second half.
The day-long partial shutdown returned in Kashmir today on World Human Rights Day while as a social activist, Sameer Ahmad staged a protest at Srinagar’s Press Enclave to protest against the verdict over Babri Masjid, which he termed as HR violation.“I would have staged this protest even if he decision would have been against the aspirations of Hindu community as well,” Ahmad said, adding that the HR violations must come to an end.However, soon after Ahmad staged protest, police swung into action and detained the sole protester today. Notably, the internet services as well as prepaid mobile phone services and SMS services across Kashmir continued to remain suspended since August 5 while as the government has stated that the internet services will be restored once the situation will be improved a bit more in the Valley.The mainstream politicians from Kashmir including the three former chief ministers—Dr. Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti continued to remain under detention since August 5. National Conference (NC) patron and incumbent parliamentarian has been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) citing ‘threat to peace’. (KNO)