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Shutdown hits normal life in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Dec 10: Normal life was affected in Kashmir on Monday because of a strike called by the separatists to highlight the alleged human rights violations in the Valley.

Most shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut in Srinagar in support of the strike on the International Human Rights Day.

While public transport was hit, private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were plying in a few areas of the city and on some inter-district highways.

Similar reports of shutdown were received from other district headquarters of the Valley.

Though there were no restrictions imposed, but government forces were deployed in sensitive areas across the Valley to avoid any law and order problem, officials said.

Separatists, under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), had called the strike, asking people to observe it as a "black day".

JRL, comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, asked people to observe shutdown to "highlight the human rights violations" in the Valley.

In a statement, it urged international human rights agencies to take note of the alleged rights violations and force India to "stop the violations".

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