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Following rumor, Kishtwar observed unannounced shutdown over Kashmir lock down
9/6/2019 10:51:17 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik
Early Times Report
Jammu, Sept 6: As a part of major attempt to destabilize peace and tranquility in Kishtwar District and its adjoining areas today observed unannounced shutdown following a word of rumor spread for the same over Kashmir lock down including detention of politicians since last 32 days following the abrogation of Article 370 and 35 A of the constitution.
As per the details available with "Early Times", the majority community in Kishtwar District today observed a shutdown following rumor that attributing to various quarters regarding the shutdown call as a result of which the security in the Kishtwar town and its peripheral areas were beefed up to thwart any untoward incident.
All the shops and business establishment including private schools owned by the majority community observed the shutdown. The schools also followed the unannounced shutdown call after majority of the shops and business establishments in commercial hub of the District did not open there shops.
Various shopkeepers told the "Early Times" that they were not aware about the person or the organization who had issued the shutdown call, but they prefer to keep their shops closed after they found that there was a general perception about the "Shutdown call" among the masses.
They said that they want to avoid any risk to their safety and security and hence preferred to put the shutters down.
Many shopkeepers from minority community whose shops are situated in the areas dominated by the majority community also prefer to keep their shops closed to avoid any confrontation and risk to their property.
Half of the public transport also remain off the road till Friday prayers which pass off peacefully as in today's Friday sermon from Chief Cleric of Jamia Masjid Kishtwar Farooq Ahmed Kichloo, the chief cleric didn't mention anything about the Kashmir situation nor discuss anything about the unannounced shutdown call by the people of Kishtwar District following the rumor mongering.
The senior officials told the "Early Times" that they are looking into the matter added that the persons behind spreading the rumors are being identified added that whosoever will be found guilty will be dealt strictly.
After today's surprise, the security forces has activated its intelligence units to unmask the people involved behind today's propaganda and chaos created among the peace loving people following the breaking of rumors.
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