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Shut down affects life in Srinagar

October 27, 2011 - Srinagar

Normal life in Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir Valley came to a standstill on Thursday following a shutdown called by separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Gilani.

Shops and offices remained closed and people stayed indoors, while observing a 'Black Day' in Srinagar.

"It was today that the Indian forces had come to Kashmir and forcefully occupied this place, this is why the leader of our Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Gilani, has called for a day's state shutdown and asked us to observe 'Black Day' against them. All markets, vehicles and offices are closed today because everyone is observing Black Day," said Zahoor Ahmed Malik, a local.

The 'Black Day' is observed in Kashmir to mark the day when the Indian Army first established its presence in the region on October 27, 1947.

Recently, the London-based Kashmir National Party (KNP) had also observed 'Black Day' in Bedford, advocating independence of India's Kashmir.

In October 1947, nearly 10,000 tribesmen of Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province invaded Kashmir to occupy it by force.

Following it, Indian troops were airlifted into the Kashmir Valley on October 27, who succeeded in blocking the tribal raiders' advance beyond Baramulla district.


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