Srinagar, Sep 21 : There was no change in the overall situation in the Kashmir valley, where life remained crippled due to strike for the 48th day on Saturday against scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A besides division of state into two Union Territories.
Though there was no curfew, restrictions under Section 144 CrPC, banning assembly of four or more persons, continued as a precautionary measure in the valley to maintain law and order. Large number of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF), holding automatic weapons and lathis in their hands, remained deployed in the Kashmir valley to prevent any demonstration.
Barring stone pelting incidents at several places in Srinagar, including in the uptown, situation remained by and large peaceful during the past 24 hours, official sources said on Saturday.
Meanwhile, internet and mobile service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), remained suspended since August 5 to prevent the spread of rumours.
Educational institutions also remained closed as students stayed away from their classes since August 5 in the valley. However, majority private educational institutions have announced fresh admission for different classes in the valley.
All gates of historic Jamia Masjid in the Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) remained closed to prevent people from entering the worship place since August 5. Large number of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) are deployed in the Jamia Market and outside the Masjid to maintain law and order.
Shops and other business establishments remained closed in summer capital, Srinagar and its adjoining areas for the past 48th days on Saturday 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 outskirts.
Interestingly, in some areas of uptown, civil lines and outskirts majority shops reopened from 6am to 9am in the morning. However, later all shops were closed for the day. Work in government offices and banks on main roads in the city remained affected. However, in some areas banks are also functioning for three hours in the morning from 7am to 10am.
Elsewhere in Kashmir valley, life remained crippled with all shops and business establishments remaining closed and traffic off the roads due to strike since August 5. However, private vehicles were seen plying on the routes today.
Reports received here said that business and other activities remained crippled for the 48th 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)