Kashmir shuts down as ‘black day’ protest looms

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Srinagar, Oct 27 (ANI): Schools, colleges and business establishments remained closed in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday following the call for a shutdown by a separatist leader. The shutdown, in Kashmir valley, was called by hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to observe October 27 as “black day”. Geelani, chairman of All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference (APHC), also appealed to the masses to hoist black flags. He, reportedly, said the Kashmiri people should collectively tell the international community that they still resist the military intrusion in Kashmir. The streets in Srinagar, Kashmir’s summer capital, and other major towns in the Muslim-majority valley were largely deserted. Thousands of troops were deployed to prevent demonstrations planned to mark the 68th anniversary of New Delhi’s rule over the troubled region.

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