Srinagar, Sep 15 : Life remained crippled for the 42nd day on Sunday in Kashmir valley, where people are protesting against scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A, besides bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories on August 5.
There are no curfew restrictions in any part of the valley today, officials said, adding the situation was by and large peaceful during the night. However, restrictions under Section 144 CrPC, banning assembly of four or more persons, continued as a precautionary measure to prevent any law and order problem.
The historic Jamia Masjid in downtown remained closed since August 5 and a large number of security forces remained deployed to prevent any demonstration.
Meanwhile, train service in Kashmir valley remained suspended since August 5 for security reasons. The internet service of all Cellular companies, including broadband of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), also remained suspended for the past 42 days badly hitting students, media persons, doctors and other professionals. However, landlines, which were restored last week since August 5, are working in the valley.
Education was yet another victim of the spontaneous strike as students continued to stay away from school teaching and other staff members are attending their duties. Universities and colleges also remained closed since August 5.
Shops and other business establishments remained crippled in Srinagar and its adjoining areas for the past 42 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, civil lines and outskirts.
The famous Sunday Market in the heart of the city remained closed due to strike. However, some vendors have put up stalls though there were hardly any customers.
Elsewhere in Kashmir valley, life remained crippled even as all shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic off the roads due to strike since August 5.
Reports received here said that business and other activities remained crippled for the 42nd 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)