Spontaneous Shutdown In Kashmir After News Of Art 35A Hearing


Srinagar: Amid clashes traders in Southern district of Anantnag shut their business after a news spread that Indian Apex Court will hear a fresh petition challenging the Article 35-A of the Constitution.

However, a bunch of petitions challenging the legislation are likely to come up for hearing on August 31. Reports said a large number of people also took to roads in parts of Srinagar city while Shopkeepers lowered their shutters in Rajouri Kadal and Safakadal areas.

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Situation also turned ugly in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district where transport disappeared from the roads while traders closed their shops. Reports added that youth pelted stones on deployed forces at Mehandi Kadal and Lal Chowk who retaliated with tear smoke shells.

Pertinently Article 35A is under constant attack by people and groups backed by BJP and RSS. The issue has hit economy of Kashmir badly which has been witnessing protests and strikes frequently. “It is a fresh petition coming up for hearing for admission. The bunch of petitions challenging Article 35A is likely to be listed for hearing on August 31,” Shoeb Alam, Jammu and Kashmir government counsel in the Supreme Court has been quoted as having said by a media house. Sources said that the top court is likely to include the petition in the bunch that would come up for hearing on August 31.

Reports said the fresh petition has been filed by Ashwani Upadhyay seeking scrapping of Article 35-A, which bars outsiders from buying immovable property in the state. Separatists have called for shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir on August 30 and 31 to protest the petitions challenging the Article.