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Kashmir observes shutdown on R-Day, internet suspended a day earlier

Kashmir observes shutdown on R-Day, internet suspended a day earlier

Separatists had called for a shutdown across the Valley to attract worldwide attention to the Kashmir dispute.

Jammu: On the eve of the January 26, a complete shutdown is being observed in the valley as all shops and business establishment are closed while as roads are deserted.

People preferred to stay indoors for the day to avoid the trouble of frisking.

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.

This year, the main Republic Day function will be held at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium instead of the regular venue, Bakshi Stadium.

Pertinently, the state had been put on high alert following militant threats and unprecedented security measures had been put in place to "thwart any possible militant attack".

An alleged female suicide bomber, having plans of disrupting Republic Day celebrations, has been arrested here along with an accomplice on Friday.

"She was arrested last night following credible inputs from the intelligence sources", Additional Director General of Police Munir Khan said. "Only after proper investigation we will be able to come to any conclusion", he said.

"Fortunately, yesterday after working on all the leads, we were able to apprehend the suspect late last night", he said, "and we are verifying whether she is suicide bomber or not".

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.

The internet services on mobile phones and data cards were suspended on Thursday as part of the security drill of Republic Day.

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