Srinagar, Aug 31 : Life remained crippled for the 27th consecutive day in the Kashmir valley on Saturday though authorities eased restrictions imposed on Friday morning as a precautionary measure to prevent demonstrations after prayers. There are no restrictions in any of the Kashmir valley, including Srinagar on Saturday, official said. Situation remained by and large peaceful during the night in the valley.
Curfew-like restrictions were imposed yesterday in the Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, where people are protesting since August 5 against scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories by the Centre. Restrictions were lifted and all road blocks removed this morning though large number of security forces, holding automatic weapons and lathis in their hands, remained deployed to maintain law and order.
All roads leading to historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, which were closed for any movement yesterday, are functioning today. Shops and business establishments remained closed and public transport was off the roads in the city and outskirts. However, private vehicles, particularly two-wheelers were plying normally. Very less number of roadside vendors, selling fruit and vegetables, could be seen as compared to before re-imposition of restrictions yesterday. Work in government offices remains affected as employees could not make it to their offices in the absence of public transport.
Business and other activities remained paralysed since August 5 in the downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK), where restrictions have been lifted today. The situation was different on Saturday in the uptown, where shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads. However, private vehicles were seen plying in good numbers. Reports of shut down were also received from other major towns and tehsil headquarters in north, south and central Kashmir districts.UNI