Srinagar, Sep 24: Shutdown continued for the 51st day on Tuesday in Kashmir valley, where people are protesting against scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A, besides division of the state into two Union Territories (UT) on August 5.
However, business and other activities resume everyday for about two hours from 7 to 9 am in summer capital, Srinagar, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, where large number of customers was seen being attended by shopkeepers and their salesmen. The shopkeepers again close their business establishment for the day in all areas.
But, hardly any such activity was witnessed in the downtown, where security forces remained deployed to maintain law and order. Meanwhile, 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, officials said, adding there was no curfew in any other part of the valley, including Srinagar. However, security forces remained on high alert to impose strict restrictions in case of any violence in the city.
Internet and mobile service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), remained suspended since August 5 to prevent spread of rumours in the valley, where train service was also shut.
There was no change in the situation in downtown where all gates of historic Jamia Masjid remained closed to prevent assembly of people since August 5. A large number of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) was deployed in the Jamia Market and outside the Masjid to maintain law and order. No prayers, including on Fridays, were offered in the Masjid, stronghold of chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, since August 5 due to restrictions.
Shops and other business establishments remained closed in summer capital, Srinagar and its adjoining areas for the past 51 days while public transport was off the roads on Tuesday. The State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses also remained off the roads. However, private vehicles were seen plying on city roads. In some areas, traffic jam was witnessed, particularly in the morning. Three-wheelers could also be seen plying early in the morning in some uptown and civil line areas before going off the roads at 9 hrs.
There was also no change in the situation elsewhere in the valley, where all shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads due to strike since August 5. However, private vehicles were seen plying on some routes.
Business and other activities remained crippled for the 51st 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 Kashmir. Reports of shutdown were also received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Budgam. (UNI)