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Day-82 strike: Security forces on alert to foil Friday demonstrations
Jammu & Kashmir

Day-82 strike: Security forces on alert to foil Friday demonstrations

Agency News

Srinagar, Oct 25 : Security forces are on alert to foil any demonstration after Friday prayers in Kashmir valley, where life remained crippled due to strike since August 5 when the Centre scrapped Article 370 and 35 A, besides bifurcating the state into Union Territories.

Meanwhile, the historic Jamia Masjid, stronghold of chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq in the downtown, remained shut for devotees since August 5 when all the main gates of the worship place were closed.

The internet service and pre-paid mobile besides Short Message Service (SMS) network of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), remained suspended since August 5 as a precautionary measure in the valley.

The Railway department continued to suffer a loss of Rs 3 lakh daily due to suspension of train service between Baramulla in north Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region since August 5 for security reasons while students continued to stay away from their classes.

Official sources said additional Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMFs), who were rushed shortly before August 5, remained deployed across the valley to maintain law and order. Security forces were put on alert to foil any law and order after Friday prayers in the valley.

However, police said there is no curfew restrictions in any part of the valley on Friday though restrictions under section 144 CrPC will continue to prevent any law and order.

Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads since August 5 in the summer capital, Srinagar and outskirts. But, business and other activities resumed this morning from 0630 hrs to 1000 hrs at some places before again coming to a halt.

Passenger traffic, including the buses of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses remained off the roads. However, a good number of private vehicles besides some inter district cabs and three-wheelers were also seen plying on some routes. In the morning, some routes, particularly in the uptown and civil lines, witnessed traffic jams.

Elsewhere in the valley, there was no change in the situation as life remained crippled due to spontaneous strike since August 5. Business and other activities remained affected and transport remained off the roads. However, private vehicles and some cabs were seen plying on some routes. (UNI)