Srinagar, Aug 23 : Uneasy calm prevailed as restrictions are back in most parts of Kashmir valley, including Srinagar, where life remained crippled for the 19th day on Friday since August 5, when Article 370 and 35 A were scrapped and the state was bifurcated by the Centre.
There was no report of any major untoward incident during the night in the valley, where restrictions are back to prevent demonstrations and clashes after Friday prayers. Restrictions were eased in some areas in the downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) after about two weeks. However, restrictions are back in majority areas in the downtown and SeK Friday morning to maintain law and order.
All gates of historic Jamia masjid, stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, remained closed and large number of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed to prevent any assembly. Bullet proof vehicles have been deployed near the main gates and large number of security forces could be seen deployed in Jamia Market and outskirts.
Business and other activities remained crippled in the downtown and SeK and outskirts since August 5. Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) and state police personnel remained deployed to thwart any demonstration.
Residents alleged that they continued to face shortage of essentials. Milkmen and vegetable sellers from outskirts are not able to come due to restrictions and strike.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads in summer capital, Srinagar and outskirts for the 19th day on Friday. However, private vehicles, including two-wheelers could be seen plying in the civil lines, uptown and outskirts.
All roads leading to historic Lal Chowk and Gantaghar, nerve centre of the summer capital, were again closed since early this morning. Large number of security force personnel remained deployed in the entire area. Even the pedestrians were being asked to take Budshah chowk road. The historic chowk was reopened for civilian movement only on Wednesday after remaining shut since August 5.Work in government offices and banks also remained affected due to restrictions and strike.
Reports of restrictions and shut down were also received from other district and tehsil headquarters, in the Kashmir valley. However, exact situation in these districts could not be ascertained due to suspension of communication network.
A report from Baramulla said life remained paralysed in this and other north Kashmir district and tehsil headquarters with shops and business establishments closed and traffic off the roads. Security forces and state police personnel remained deployed in strength in apple township of Sopore, Pattan, Palhalan, Bandipora, Ajas and other areas in north Kashmir. Adequate security forces remained deployed on bridges over river Jhelum connecting old town with civil lines to prevent any procession.
Business and other activities remained crippled since August 5 in this and other south Kashmir district and tehsil headquarters, a report from Shopian said. Work in government offices and bank remained affected. Large number of security forces remained deployed to maintain peace and order. Reports of strike were also received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Badgam, where shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic off the roads. However, private vehicles were seen plying on some routes. (UNI)