Kashmir on strike against summoning of its leader to Delhi, train suspended

SRINAGAR: Trade in Kashmir is on protest strike against its leader Yasin Khan being summoned by NIA to Delhi as a witness in terror funding case that the national investigator is probing. Main city is under restrictions. Khan is slated to present himself to NIA today.

However, the skeletal transport services are running in the uptown city and offices have started functioning. Most of the schools are not functional.

Unlike Srinagar, the peripheral towns are open and life is routinely functional. The highway is open and working as well. However, in the old Srinagar city, the Shahr-e-Khas, there are restrictions in certain areas but skeletal transport was playing, especially the office-goers.

Authorities have cancelled train services as a precautionary measure. It has added more loan of the vehicular transport running between Banihal and Baramulla.

The strike call by the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) against the summoning of its leader was supported by the top separatist leaders.

NIA is investigating terror funding in J&K and has arrested various people. It has been summoning people to Delhi for investigations. Kashmir Bar Association president Mian Abdul Qayoom had to attend NIA at least twice before eventually being given a clean chit. The agency has earlier arrested a major businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali against whom a formal case has been registered.

(Photograph used in this story lacks any direct relevance to the details. It is merely representational)

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