Article 35A: Shutdown in Mandi town of Poonch district

 Poonch, Feb 25,: Mandi town of Poonch district in Jammu division observed a complete shutdown on Monday in defense of Article 35-A.

The shutdown was called by the traders and members of religious bodies of Mandi in the area in favour of Article 35-A and it was supported by the transport bodies as well.

Reports said all the shops and other business establishments remained closed and both public and private transports also remained off the roads.

Article 35-A which guarantees special rights to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir has been challenged in the Supreme Court of India and on Sunday, Kashmir valley also observed a complete shutdown in its favour.

Reports said that authorities have imposed curfew-like restrictions in the area to avoid any untoward incident.

Sources said a huge contingent of government forces had been deployed in sensitive areas of the district to avoid any untoward incident.

A police official said that situation remained peaceful throughout the day.

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