Srinagar, Aug 29 : Uneasy situation continued in Kashmir valley as normal life remained crippled for the 25th day since the scrapping of Article 370 and 35A on Aug 5. Several shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic, including buses of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC), were off the valley roads. Though there was no strike call from any organisation, private vehicles, particularly two wheelers, were reported to be plying on most of the roads in the civil lines, uptown and outskirts.
"Situation remained by and large peaceful during the night," an official said. However, Central Paramilitary Force (CPMF) personnel remain deployed to maintain law and order even where the restrictions have been lifted. All gates of the historic Jamia Masjid in downtown also remained closed. The prayers in the famous mosque, a stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, were last offered on Aug 4. A large number of security force personnel, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding lathis were stationed in the nearby Jamia Market too. Some incidents of stone pelting damaging the window panes were reported in a few areas.
All main business hubs continued to wear a deserted look with only security forces keeping a close vigil. All shops remained closed with only a handful of roadside vendors selling vegetables and fruits in the city. Meanwhile, work in government offices too, continued to suffer in the absence of internet and majority of the employees were unable to make it to their offices because of no transport. However, a good number of employees are attending offices in Civil Secretariat, seat of the government, and old secretariat.
There is no change in the situation in the downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (Sek) where all shops and other business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads. Reports of restrictions and shut down were received from other district and tehsil headquarters in Kashmir. However, exact situation in these districts could not be ascertained due to suspension of communication network.
'Business and other activities remained crippled since August 5 in this and other south Kashmir district and tehsil headquarters,' a report from Anantnag said. Similar situation was also reported from Baramulla. A few reports of strike were received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Budgam. Major towns, including the apple township of Sopore, Pattan, Palhalan, Bandipora, Ajas and other areas in north Kashmir, along with river Jhelum saw the same restriction. UNI