Srinagar: shutdown in the city following the rumours of scrapping Article 35A

Story By: Indre Sharma
Monday, August, 27 2018 - 13:09

Srinagar has witnessed a shutdown on Monday after rumours of scrapping of the Article 35A has spread and clashes between stone pelting protesters and the security forces were reported in Anantnag district.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police has issued a statement, saying: "Some sections of the media have circulated news regarding scrapping of the Article 35A. The news has been refuted as baseless. People are requested to maintain calm and not to pay heed to these rumours."

As the precotionery measurements, authorities have decreased the speed of mobile internet across the Valley. Shops, public transport and other businesses were shut.

The Supreme Court is set to hear a fresh petition seeking the scrapping of Article 35A in the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on Monday, three weeks after the case was adjourned.

Article 35A of the Indian Constitution is an article that empowers the Jammu and Kashmir state's legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents. It was added to the Constitution through a Presidential Order, i.e. The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954.

Article 35A lays down that only permanent residents of J&K shall own immovable property in the state, or get government jobs or scholarships. It empowers the state for bestowing special rights and privileges to the people.

Separtists have called for a general shutdown on Friday and Saturday to highlight the public support for the Article.


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