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R-Day: Geelani calls for Kashmir shutdown


First published: January 25, 2011, 3:04 PM IST | Updated: January 25, 2011
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R-Day: Geelani calls for Kashmir shutdown
BJP has also given a call for Jammu bandh to protest against detention of its members.

Srinagar: Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for Kashmir shutdown on the occasion of Republic Day from January 25.

Geelani has also asked people not to send their children to participate on the Republic Day celebrations.

Moderate separatist leader Yasin Malik, chairman of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, has also questioned BJP's motive for the flag-hoisting decision.

Meanwhile the BJP has given a call for Jammu bandh on Tuesday to protest against the detention of its leaders and party workers.

The Omar Abdullah government pulled out all the stops to prevent and equally defiant BJP from hoisting the Tricolour in Srinagar on Republic Day.

Senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley were pushed back to the Punjab border after they arrived at Jammu airport on Monday night. The two leaders are now in Madhopur.

The Ekta Yatra has entered its final lap. BJP youth wing activists have been arriving in hordes in Jammu since Monday evening.

The traffic on the Jammu-Pathankot highway has been suspended and security was stepped up at the borders. Security was also tightened at the Punjab border.

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