Shutdown Paralyses Life In Valley; Mobiles, Wireless Services Jammed

Shutdown Paralyses Life In Valley; Mobiles, Wireless Services Jammed

26 January 2013
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: The Republic Day passed off peacefully with no violence related incident reported from any part of Kashmir while shutdown paralysed life across the Valley on Saturday. Authorities jammed mobiles and wireless services in the morning. The January 26 functions across the Valley passed off peacefully. The security apparatus in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley was further intensified this morning to ensure smooth conduct of R Day functions. No militancy related incident was reported from any part of the Valley. Police and CRPF men had set up road barricades at several places in Srinagar. The cops were screening every passerby passing through these barricades. The cops armed with anti-riot gears were patrolling the deserted roads. All the roads leading to Bakshi Stadium, Srinagar where Minister Panchayat Raj minister Ali Mohammad Sagar unfurled the Indian flag, were sealed. Hundreds of police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in and around Bakshi Stadium and they were allowing only vehicles have security passes to pass through the area. Meanwhile, all mobile phone and wireless internet services were jammed by authorities this morning as a precautionary measure. It has become a regular practice in Kashmir to jam the mobile telephony and internet signals during January 26 and August 15 functions. The concerned service providers didnít sound any alert to their subscribers for suspending the services. ďThe mobile phone services across Valley were withdrawn till afternoon on security reasons. This was part of the standard security drill. The service was restored immediately after the official parade ended peacefully,' a police officer said. The strike called by both factions of Hurriyat Conference and other separatist groups paralysed life in the Valley. All shops, business establishments, petrol pumps were closed public transport was off the roads. Only security and some private vehicles were plying on the deserted roads in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley.