Life remains paralysed for 39th day in Kashmir
Jammu & Kashmir

Life remains paralysed for 39th day in Kashmir

Agency News

Srinagar, Sep 12 : Life remained paralysed for the 39th day on Thursday in Kashmir valley, where the people are protesting against scrapping of Article 370 and 35A besides division of the state into two Union Territories.

The situation remained by and large peaceful as there was no report of any untoward incident during the past 24 hours in the valley, officials said today.

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

The mobile and internet service of all cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), remained suspended since August 5 in the valley, where train service between Baramulla in north Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region remained suspended for the past 39 days which has caused a loss of about Rs 1.20 crore to Railway department.

Students continued to stay from school though teaching and other staff members are attending their duties. Universities and colleges also remained closed since August 5.

Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads for the past 39 days 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 are 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 39 days while public transport, including the buses of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC), remained off the roads. However, private vehicles were seen plying on roads in uptown, down town, 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 remained deployed in the civil lines, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city. Work in government offices and banks continued to suffer on main roads in the city, particularly in the downtown and SeK and uptown. At some places banks were functioning in the morning from 0600 hrs to 0900 hrs. 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 for the 39th day today 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)