Srinagar, Sep 4 : Normal life remained crippled in the Kashmir valley for 31st day on Wednesday as shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads due to strike against scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35 A, besides bifurcation of J&K.
Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in the downtown, Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and Srinagar outskirts on Wednesday as a precautionary measure following the death of a youth, who was injured in security force action on demonstrators recently.
Official sources told UNI that restrictions were imposed in downtown, SeK and some other areas in Srinagar since early on Wednesday morning. “Security forces remained deployed in other parts of the valley as a precautionary measure,” they added.
Meanwhile, people continued to suffer as the gag on all means of communication -- including landline, internet and mobile phone service -- continued in Kashmir valley, where students continued to stay away despite authorities reopening schools upto Class 10th last week.
Business and other activities remained crippled and traffic was off the roads in restriction free areas in Srinagar though there was no strike call from any organisation. Shopkeepers and roadside vendors, mostly selling vegetables, fruits and other essentials, up shutter from 0600 hrs to 0900 hrs in Srinagar every day, imposing self regulatory strike timings. The business establishments again closed at 0900 hrs only to be reopening next morning and in some areas in late evening.
The number of vehicles witnessed plying on roads in uptown and civil lines from last couple of days also witnessed a decline in view of the death of the youth.
Security forces were seen deployed in the civil lines, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city to prevent any demonstration.
Apprehending trouble after the youth succumbed, authorities announced imposition of curfew restrictions in the areas falling under the police stations in the down town and SeK since early this morning.
The main Nallahmar road was closed with barbed wire and by parking bullet proof vehicles to prevent any pedestrian and vehicular movement. Security forces deployed in these areas were directing people to remain indoors. People on way to down town from civil lines were stopped at Khanyar and asked to go back by the security forces, who had closed the main road.
All gates of historic Jamia Masjid, the stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, also remained closed. Security forces could be seen patrolling in the area and Jamia market to prevent assembly of people in the worship place, where no prayers could be offered after August 5 due to restrictions. Mirwaiz and chairman of hardline HC Syed Ali Shah Geelani remained under house arrest.
All banks and government offices on main roads in the SeK and down town remained closed.
Business and other activities remained crippled for the 31st day in other district and tehsil headquarters, including Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian in south Kashmir and Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Pattan, Sopore, Handwara and Ajas in north. Reports of shut down were also received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Budgam.
Mobile and internet service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) remained suspended in the valley since August 5, when landline were also snapped. However, landlines were restored in some areas but remained suspended to subscribers, including media offices in the civil lines, from the main telephone exchange. (UNI)