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Uneasy calm in Kashmir as shutdown completes 7 weeks
Jammu & Kashmir

Uneasy calm in Kashmir as shutdown completes 7 weeks

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Srinagar, Sep 22: Uneasy calm continued in Kashmir valley even as the shutdown completed seven weeks against scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35 A, besides bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories.

Meanwhile, three youth were on Saturday arrested in south Kashmir district of Pulwama for allegedly pasting threatening posters, asking people to observe strike.

Official sources said that there was no curfew anywhere though 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.

However, a large number of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF), holding automatic weapons and lathis in their hands, remained deployed to prevent any demonstration in Kashmir, where internet and mobile service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), remained suspended since August 5 to prevent spread of rumours.

They on Sunday said barring stone pelting incidents at several places in Srinagar, including in the uptown, situation remained by and large peaceful during the past 24 hours.

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, which remain open on Sundays, remained closed in summer capital, Srinagar and its adjoining areas for the past 49th days while public transport, including buses of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC), was off the roads. However, private vehicles were seen plying on roads in the downtown, SeK, uptown, civil lines and outskirts.

In some areas of uptown, civil lines and outskirts majority shops reopened from 0600 hrs to 0900 hrs in the morning. However, later all shops again closed for the day.

Elsewhere in Kashmir valley, life remained crippled as all shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads due to strike since August 5. However, private vehicles were seen plying on some routes.

Reports received here said that business and other activities remained crippled for the 49th day on Sunday 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 Kashmir. Reports of shutdown were also received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Budgam. (UNI)