Srinagar, Oct 10 : After witnessing hectic activities for about three hours in the morning from 6.30 am on Thursday, life again came to a halt in the Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, where people are protesting against revocation of special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.
However, mobile and internet service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and train service between Baramulla in north Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region remained suspended since August 5.
There was no curfew restrictions in any part of the valley, where the situation remained by and large peaceful during the past 24 hours. However, restrictions under Section 144 CrPC, banning assembly of four or more persons, continued as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.
Large number of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) remained deployed in the Jamia Market and outside the Masjid to maintain law and order. Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was also off the roads in the downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK). All gates of historic Jamia Masjid , stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, remained closed for devotees since August 5. The Mirwaiz is under house arrest since August 4 night.
Majority of shops and business establishments reopened this morning from 6.30 am in major business hubs in the civil lines, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, Budshah Chowk, Gonikhan, Majraj Bazar, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Batmaloo and Koker Bazar. However, very few shops were open in the Maisuma locality, stronghold of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik, presently under detention in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. Later at 9.30 am, everything came to a halt and these areas again presented a deserted look with only CPMF personnel guarding the streets.
Similar situation was also witnessed in the old town, including Habba Kadal, Chankral Mohalla, Kani Kadal and Fateh Kadal. Though the number of private vehicles on the roads has improved considerably, public transport, including State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses remained off the roads.
Life, elsewhere in the valley, remained paralysed with all shops and business establishments closed and traffic off the roads on Thursday.
Reports received here said that shutdown also continued in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, Awantipora, Tral and Kulgam. Business and other activities remained shut and public transport off the roads.
Shutdown continued for the 67th day in this and other north Kashmir districts and tehsil headquarters, a report from Baramulla said. Large number of CPMF remained deployed to prevent any law and order problem.
However, private vehicles and some cabs could be seen plying on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway. Reports of continued strike since August 5 were also received from central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal.(UNI)