Srinagar, Dec 17: Several areas of south Kashmir’s Tral town witnessed spontaneous shutdown after National Conference workers headed by chief minister Omar Abdullah met on Tuesday.
Reports said Omar Abdullah presided over the meeting at the residence of late NC leader Muhammad Subhan Bhat near Hospital Road, Tral which was attended by scores of NC workers
Security was beefed in the area from Monday evening in the town which has seen increase in violence by separatist guerrillas in recent past. Pedestrians were frisked while the identity cards of passengers and other people were thoroughly checked by the security officials.
On Tuesday, as Omar arrived in the town, all the shops and business establishments in and around Hospital Road and Hamdania Colony were shut and 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 no shopkeeper turned 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.