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Jammu, Aug 05: Amarnath Yatra was today suspended from Jammu in view of the two day strike called by the separatists against the legal challenge in the Supreme Court to the validity of Article 35-A.

There were reports of partial strike and peaceful rallies in support of the Article 35-A from Chenab Valley districts of Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar.

Various religious and social organisations have given the call for two-day strike to “safeguard” the constitutional provision.

A police official said the Yatra was suspended from here as a precautionary measure in view of the strike called by the Kashmiri separatists.

A few hundred pilgrims camping in Jammu to join the Yatra to the 3,880 metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas  were not allowed from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp this morning, the officials said.

The separatists and the major political parties including National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), CPI(M) and the state unit of Congress have been demanding status quo on the Article 35-A, which bars people from outside Jammu and Kashmir from acquiring any immovable property in the state.

Groups of people also staged peaceful rallies at several places including Gool, Sangaldan and Banihal in support of the Article 35-A, the officials said, adding local public transport remained off the roads in many areas of the hilly districts.

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