Shutdown enters 7th week  after scrapping of Art 370
Jammu & Kashmir

Shutdown enters 7th week  after scrapping of Art 370

Agency News

Srinagar, Sep 17 :  The shutdown and restrictions under Section 144 CrPc entered the seventh week on Tuesday in Kashmir Valley, where business and other activities have remained crippled since August 5 against scrapping of Article 370, besides bifurcation of the State into two Union Territories.

Meanwhile, over a dozen youth were injured in clashes with security forces in New Khanda area in the valley on Monday, where stone pelting was reported from some other areas, including Natipora and Rambagh in uptown Srinagar.

Officials told UNI that there was no curfew yet in any part of the Valley though security forces remained deployed in strength to maintain law and order.

The historic Jamia Masjid in the Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) remained closed since August 5 and a large number of security forces remained deployed to prevent assembling of people and any demonstration.

A doctor at Bones and Joints Hospital in Srinagar, who wished anonymity, told UNI that over a dozen youth were brought in the hospital on Monday with injuries. ''We suffered injuries during security action on protestors in New Khanda area on Monday,'' a patient said.

Train services also remained suspended since August 5 for security reasons, causing a loss of about Rs 1.30 crore to railway department in the valley, where the internet service of all Cellular companies, including broadband of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), also remained suspended for the past 44 days badly hitting students, media persons, doctors and other professionals.

However, the authorities said that mobile service has been restored in police districts of Kupwara.

Despite reopening of primary and middle schools four weeks ago by authorities, majority of the students continued to stay away from educational institutes due to uncertain situation in Kashmir valley. Universities, colleges, tuition and coaching centres also remained closed since August 5.

Shops and other business establishments remained crippled in summer capital, Srinagar and its adjoining areas for the past 44th days on Tuesday 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 the downtown, SeK, uptown, civil lines and the city outskirts.

But, business establishments, including in Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, Srinagar, come alive early in the morning, as shops open between 0600 hrs and 0900 hrs, when there is relaxation in the strike.

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. However, private vehicles were seen plying on majority routes.

Reports received here said business and other activities remained crippled for the 44th day on Tuesday 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.