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Kashmir celebrates Republic Day with mobiles, wireless services cut off

Srinagar, Jan 26 (): Kashmir valley today fell silent as cell phones and wireless Internet connections were cut off on the eve of celebrating the 64th Republic day here in the hilly valley.

Authorities jammed mobile and wireless Internet services as part of precautionary steps taken by the state government. This had been a regular practice here to block all these facilities during Republic Day and Independence Day functions, since the extremist groups earlier have been using mobile phones to trigger remote-controlled explosive devices in the valley. After the conclusion of the Republic day function that takes place at Bakshi Stadium, the services will be restored as usual, said the officials.

Meanwhile, a complete shut-down was called by the separatist leaders in Srinagar on Saturday, on eve of the country’s 64th Republic day where shops, business establishments, schools, colleges and government offices remained closed.

However, local residents of Srinagar expressed their concern over the shut-down called by the hard-line Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, as they said they have to face lot of difficulties, walking long way due to the absence of vehicles in the area.

Security personnel were deployed in all crucial places in order to avoid any untoward incident across the city. With the recent high-level meetings, ties between both the neighbouring countries are expected to be improved and an unsure peace process is also likely to be obtained.

Since 1989 Indian forces have been struggling hard in the hilly valley against the separatist groups where nearly 50,000 people have been killed so far. Kashmir valley has been put in a great trauma for the past few years, where continuous strikes, protests and curfews were imposed all the alternate days making life terrible for the people in the hilly valley. All through the day, activities were disrupted continuously with education being the most affected.