Shutdown, mobile services suspension marks Jan 26 in Kashmir

India's Republic Day to be marked as black day

28 January, 2018

Today, after understanding the gravity of the faux pas, Khan refused to give any details and said, "We will be talking to her and we will be talking to our sister agencies".

Cultural programmes by school children was a highlight of this year's Republic Day celebrations both in Jammu city and different district headquarters of the state.

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) - Local government in Indian-controlled Kashmir organized official functions Friday to mark India's 69th Republic Day amid heightened security and imposition of communication blockade, officials said.

Mobile phone services were suspended in the Valley as a "precautionary measure", with the authorities saying they would be restored in the afternoon.

Besides Srinagar city, complete shutdown was also observed in all the districts parts of Kashmir where R-Day functions were organized amid tight security.

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The main official function was held at Srinagar's Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium, where Revenue Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri presided over the event. The separatists asked people observe January 26 as "Black Day", prompting security forces to enforce curfew-like restrictions to prevent any protests.

Barricades were erected by the forces with pedestrian and vehicle movement only allowed after thorough frisking and questioning. The stadium hosted the parade for the first time as the regular venue, Bakhshi stadium, is being renovated.

Earlier, the police had issued an advisory to all security formations, warning about a possible suicide attack by "a non-Kashmir girl".

The area around the cricket stadium was sealed on Wednesday for full dress rehearsal of the Republic Day Parade.

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