SRINAGAR – People in Indian-held Kashmir on Friday observed a complete shutdown on Friday, as India celebrated its 68th Independence Day, Indian media reported.
Shops remained closed and the traffic was off the roads. People preferred to stay inside their homes due to the shutdown and restrictions in some areas in Kashmir valley. The Hurriyat Conference called for a shutdown across the state.
The roads were empty and only security personnel were seen patrolling the areas in Srinagar. Tight security measures were in place on the occasion. “It’s a strike, all shops are closed, transport is also not working today,” said Noor Muhammad, a local resident. However, no untoward incident was reported.
The state is one of the world's most militarised zones, with India deploying more than 1.3 million troops to suppress the national independence movement of Kashmiris.