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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Srinagar: Shutdown against the failure of the Jammu and Kashmir government in providing relief to the 2014 flood victims on Monday affected routine life, with markets and schools closed and public transports also hauled for movement.

On September 7, 2014, the Kashmir Valley was affected by unprecedented floods and almost the entire civil lines areas and commercial hubs of Srinagar city were submerged in flood waters. The shutdown is called by traders, transport operators and industrialists of the city.

Authorities placed senior separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, under house arrest in Srinagar city to prevent their participation in the protest march proposed by the various traders’ organisations.

Earlier, a bandh was called by the valley-based traders on Monday morning to commemorate the first anniversary of last year’s September flood. People said that there was no relief provided and they were still trying to get on their feet after the floods devastated the region a year ago.

A call to boycott the government sponsored programme for flood-affected people was given by the traders. The government had planned to mark the first anniversary of the Jammu and Kashmir floods as the “revival day”.

Calling the celebration an insult to the people of the valley, the traders said that the state has not provided enough relief funds yet. They went on to condemn the ‘insensitivity of the government’ as they believe it is a dark day.

Authorities didn’t impose any official restrictions in any part of Srinagar city, although heavy presence of police and paramilitary central reserve police force was seen in both old and uptown areas. Further Kashmir University also ordered cancellation of all exams scheduled for the day.

With Inputs from IANS

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