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Parts of Srinagar observe shutdown, security beefed up ahead of Yasin Malik verdict

Parts of Srinagar observed a spontaneous shutdown on Wednesday ahead of a court’s verdict on the quantum of sentence for Yasin Malik, who has been convicted in a militant funding case.

Most of the shops and business establishments in Maisuma and adjoining areas, including some shops in Lal Chowk, were shut, locals said.

Shops in some areas of the old city were also shut, however, public transport was plying normally, they added.

Armed forces have been deployed in strength in the city to avoid any law and order problems, officials said.

Malik, the chief of banned JKLF, was on May 19 convicted by a Delhi court under the stringent anti-militancy law in a case related to the funding of militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir, after he pleaded guilty to all charges framed against him.

Special Judge Praveen Singh had then posted the matter for May 25 to announce the quantum of punishment and also directed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to assess Malik’s financial condition to determine the amount of fine that could be imposed.

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