Valley Kashmir observed complete shutdown on Thursday, on the eve of Indian Independence day. The shutdown call was given by all the separatist leaders.
Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik had called upon people to observe the August 15, as “Black Day” to convey the message to the international community that India has “usurped the Kashmiris’ inalienable right to self-determination”.
The authorities had imposed stringent restrictions in Srinagar and other towns. A large number of police and para military troops patrolled the deserted roads and streets across the valley.
Even after the stringent security measures violent protests were held at Bandipora.
Clashes erupted in the town between youths and the Police. The youths assembled in Gulshan Chowk and raised pro-freedom andante-India slogans and engaged police in pitched battles.
Tight security measures were taken around Bakhshi Stadium, the main venue of the 15th August celebrations.
CCTV cameras were used to keep an eye on the movement of people while sharpshooters were positioned atop buildings surrounding the venue and vital installations in Srinagar.
Barricades were erected at many places across the city, and roads leading to the stadium in a radius of one kilometer were sealed. Mobile telephone service across the Kashmir Valley was suspended.