NC workers meeting evokes ‘spontaneous shutdown’ in south Kashmir town

KL Report


Several areas of South Kashmir’s Tral town witnessed spontaneous shutdown in the wake of National Conference workers meeting headed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday.

Reports said that Omar Abdullah presided NC workers meeting near Hospital Road Tral. Scores of NC workers attended the meeting that was held at the residence of late NC leader Muhammad Subhan Bhat.

Security was beefed in the area from Monday evening while all the shops and business establishments in and around Hospital Raod and Hamdania Colony remained shut. There was thin movement of traffic on the roads.

A shopkeeper told CNS that the shutdown was spontaneous and they were not directed by any organization to observe the shutdown. “We did not shut for security reasons. Security officials were nice towards us but I can say that no shopkeeper turn up on Tuesday to open his shop,” a shopkeeper Shabir Ahmed said.

Meanwhile, media personnel were not allowed to move towards the venue of the meeting. A Security official on condition of anonymity told CNS that they had informed about the presence of media to organizers but they bluntly refused to permit them to arrive at the venue,” he said.

Security had been beefed up in Tral town in the wake of Omar Abdullah’s visit. Pedestrians were frisked while the identity cards of passengers and other people were thoroughly checked by the security officials.

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