Mobile service snapped for 10 hours
Amid spontaneous shutdown, the functions on January 26 including the main function at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium passed off peacefully in the Valley.
Governor’s advisor, Farooq Khan took the salute at the march past at SKCC in which contingents of forces, students and NCC cadets participated.
While multi-layer security arrangements were made for smooth conduct of the January 26 functions, there was spontaneous shutdown observed in Srinagar and other past of Valley.
The forces armed with automatic weapons and anti-riot gear had erected check points on various roads and intersections to ensure incident-free functions on January 26.
At SKCC separate entry and exit points were setup for VIPs, officials and participants, while tight security cover was laid in and around the venue to prevent any untoward incident.
CCTVs and UAVs also were used to monitor the proceeding on January 26 while road stretch from Rodio Kashmir crossing to Sonwar was kept out of bounds for public.
The tight security arrangements were also made at other places in the valley, where January 26 functions were held.
The administration also suspended mobile phone services from 6 am till 4 pm on Sunday in the valley to keep threats from militants at bay.
The 2G internet service on mobile phones, which was restored on Saturday after over five months, were again suspended hours later. However, the 2G service was back on mobiles after 4 pm on Sunday.
An official said the day passed off peacefully in Kashmir.
He said no untoward incident was reported from anywhere.
Meanwhile, all shops and business establishments remained closed while public and private transport was off the roads in the city and elsewhere.
In downtown area of the city, the forces had laid concertina wires at several places to prevent large gathering of people.
Reports said mild clashes took place between youth and forces in some parts of downtown including FatehKadal and HabbaKadal areas.
The youth resorted to stone pelting on the forces, who swung into action disperse the protestors.
The public and private transport remained off the roads during the day.
There was no shutdown call given by any separatist group as most of the separatist leaders are in detention post-August 5, when Government of India abrogated Article 370 of Indian Constitution and bifurcated the erstwhile state into two union territories.