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Shutdown disrupts normal life

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Srinagar, Feb 28: Normal life remained affected in Kashmir for the second consecutive day on Thursday due to a two-day strike called by separatists to protest the NIA raids at residences of several leaders in connection with investigation into “funding through hawala channels” in the valley.

Most of the shops and other business establishments remained shut in Srinagar and other major towns of Kashmir. However, most petrol pumps were open and witnessed huge rush of customers as the fuel supply to the Valley was restored on Wednesday night.

The public transport was off the roads, but private cars and auto-rickshaws were seen plying in many areas of the city. In some uptown areas, roadside vendors, particularly the vegetable and fruit vendors had also put up their stalls.

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for complete two-day shutdown from Wednesday against Tuesday’s NIA raids on separatists and threats to tinker with Article 35-A which is facing a legal challenge in the Supreme Court.

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