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 Shutdown continues in Kashmir since Aug 5
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Shutdown continues in Kashmir since Aug 5

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Srinagar, Sep 11: Shutdown continued for the 38th day on Wednesday in Kashmir valley, where people are protesting against scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A besides division of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.

There is no curfew in any part of the valley, official sources said, adding 144 CrPC remained imposed to prevent assembly of four or more persons and also foil any law and order problem.

Situation remained by and large peaceful and there was no report of any law and order problem in the valley during the night, sources said.

The mobile and internet service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), remained suspended in the valley since August 5, when landlines were also snapped. However, landlines were restored from all telephone exchanges from Friday in the valley, where train service between Baramulla in north Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region remained suspended for the past 38 days.

Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads due to strike in the valley, including summer capital, Srinagar as large number of security forces remained deployed in strength to prevent any demonstration.

All gates of historic Jamia Masjid, stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, remained closed since August 5 for devotees. Security forces remained deployed in the Jamia market and adjoining areas to prevent people from entering the worship place.

Business and other activities remained crippled in summer capital, Srinagar and its adjoining areas for the past 38 days while public transport, including the buses of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC), remained off the roads. However, a number of private vehicles were seen plying on roads in uptown and civil lines and outskirts.

Petrol pumps also remained closed during the day in Srinagar. However, some of them are working from 0600 hrs to 0900 hrs and later in the evening from 1900 hrs to 2200 hrs.

Security forces, wearing bulletproof jackets and holding automatic weapons, remained deployed in the civil lines, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, where roadblocks had been removed. Work in government offices and banks continued to suffer on main roads in the city, particularly in the downtown and SeK and uptown. However, in the absence of internet facilities, most state and central government offices are facing problems to function smoothly.

Elsewhere in the Kashmir valley, there was also no change in the situation as business and other activities remained crippled since August 5.

Life remained crippled as all shops and other business establishments remained closed in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian. There was also no change in the situation in Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Pattan, Sopore, Handwara and Ajas in north. Reports of shutdown were also received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Budgam. (UNI)