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Kargil observes shutdown over setting up of administrative hq in Leh

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

The town of and adjoining areas observed a shutdown Monday to protest against the decision of the government to set up the permanent headquarters of the newly-created division in

"Shops and business establishments are closed, while roads are deserted due to the shutdown called by local leaders in Kargil," officials said.

Cutting across party lines, residents of marched in thousands on Sunday against the administration's decision to permanently post the and Inspector General of Police (IGP) offices for the newly created division in town.

The people of are demanding that and IGP offices function on rotational basis -- in Kargil during summers and in during winters.

The elected leaders of Kargil in panchayats, municipal committees and the Autonomous Hill Development Council (Kargil) have threatened to resign en masse if the government does not modify its order.

The government decision to create Ladakh division has led to resentment from other regions of the state like and the Chenab valley, where leaders have threatened to launch an agitation if similar administrative units for their regions were not created.

The National Conference has already made it an election issue, with its leader promising to create new divisions for and if his party is voted to power in the assembly elections likely to be held later this year.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 15:30 IST