Strike against scrapping special status enters 63rd day in Kashmir
Jammu & Kashmir

Strike against scrapping special status enters 63rd day in Kashmir

Agency News

Srinagar, Oct 6 :  The strike against scrapping of Articles 370 and 35 A in Jammu and Kashmir, besides dividing the state into two Union Territories, entered the 63rd day in Kashmir valley, where business and other activities remained crippled.

Meanwhile, hundreds of vendors have put up their stalls at the famous 'Sunday Market' under police station Kothibagh in the heart of the city, the first such activity in the summer capital, after August 5.

There was no report of any major untoward incident in Kashmir valley during the past 24 hours, officials said, adding that there was also no curfew restriction in any part of the valley on Sunday.

However, restrictions under Section 144 CrPC, banning assembling of four or more persons continued, as a precautionary measure, to maintain law and order.

Train service, mobile and internet connectivity remained suspended since August 5, in the valley.

All gates of the historic Jamia Masjid in Shehar-e-Khas (SeK), the stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, remained closed for devotees since August 5.

The Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) remained deployed in Jamia Market and outside the Masjid, to maintain law and order.

No prayers could be offered in the Masjid, including on Fridays, due to restrictions. Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was also off the roads.

Business and other activities remained closed in this summer capital and its adjoining areas, for the past 63 days. Public transport, including the State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses, also remained off the roads on Saturday.

However, private vehicles were plying on most of the routes in the city and outskirts, while a number of cabs were also seen operating on some routes in the morning.

The internet and mobile connectivity of all Cellular companies, including the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) also remained suspended for the past 63 days in the valley. However, landline telephones were working normally. (UNI)