All resistance leaders, including the Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik and others had called for a complete shutdown Sunday “to focus international attention on the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir”.
The authorities have deployed heavy security here and in other major towns to foil any attempt by militants to disturb the Republic Day function.
Every year the a shutdown is observed on India’s Republic Day and Independence Day.
Meanwhile, all shops, business establishments, and the public transport remain shut.
Security across the state was tightened Saturday on the eve of India’s Republic Day celebrations. Police set up security check points with sliding barricades at all entry points into summer capital Srinagar and winter capital Jammu.
Random frisking and checking of people was being done at a number of places in Srinagar to ensure disruption-free Indian Republic Day. Similar security measures are being taken across the state.
Governor NN Vohra took the salute at the Republic Day parade in Jammu at the Maulana Azad Stadium. In Srinagar, Bakshi Stadium the venue of the parade where a senior minister of the state would hoist the Indian flag and take the salute.
Massive security has been put in place on all roads leading to the stadium. Sharp-shooters of the forces would be positioned at the high-rise buildings around the stadium to keep an eye on venue.
In the past, guerrillas have used high-rise buildings around the Bakshi Stadium to fire rockets and grenades at the venue.
CCTV cameras were installed at all sensitive locations in Srinagar and Jammu. Director General of Police Ashok Prasad Friday held a high-level security meeting in Srinagar to review the overall security for Jan 26.
Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) Abdul Ghani Mir said security in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley has been beefed up for the functions. He, however added that the measures taken were part of routine exercise by the forces around such occasions.
Mobile phone services were suspended across the Kashmir Valley Sunday as part of security precautions on the Republic Day.
Authorities order the suspension of mobile phone services across the valley Jan 26 and Aug 15 to foil remote-controlled explosions with the use of mobile phones.
The mobile phones, however, functioned in Jammu.
Meanwhile, a separatist-called shutdown affected life across the valley Sunday. Private and public transport were suspended in Srinagar city and other major towns.