Strike enters 14th week in Kashmir
Jammu & Kashmir

Strike enters 14th week in Kashmir

Agency News

Srinagar, Nov 4: Life remained affected for the 92nd day on Monday due to strike in the Kashmir valley, where people are protesting against scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A, besides reorganising Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories (UTs) on August 5.

Security forces remained on alert to maintain law and order in the valley, where three former Chief Ministers—Dr Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti besides dozens of other senior leaders of different mainstream political parties remained under detention since August 5.

There is no curfew in any part of the valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, where majority business and other establishments, including banks, were seen functioning in the morning.

The internet service and pre-paid mobile network of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), remained suspended since August 5 as a precautionary measure in the valley. Train service also remained suspended for the past 92 days in the valley for security reasons.

There was no change in the situation at historic Jamia Masjid, where all gates of worship place remained closed to prevent assemble of people in the masjid, stronghold of chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq. The Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMFs) remained deployed in the Jamia market and outside the Masjid, where no prayers, including on Fridays, were held since August 5.

Business and other activities resumed in most parts of Srinagar, including historic Lal Chowk and Gantaghar this morning at 0700 hrs. Traffic jam was also witnessed at some places, including uptown, in the morning. However, life again came to halt at 1100 hrs when shopkeepers closed their establishments and left for home. Work in government offices and banks, housed in buildings on main roads was affected though in some areas banks function in the morning for few hours before closing down again. Most Post offices in Srinagar and its outskirts are functioning for few hours in the morning.

Transport service, including the buses of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses, remained off the roads. Private vehicles and three wheelers were also seen plying on different routes, particularly in the uptown and civil lines.

A report from Baramulla said that business and other activities remained crippled since August 5 in this and other north Kashmir districts. Traffic was off the roads though some vehicles were seen plying on Srinagar-Uri highway. Additional security forces have been deployed at sensitive places to prevent any law and order problem.

Shops and business establishments remained closed in this and other district and tehsil headquarters of south Kashmir on Saturday, a report from Anantnag said. However, private vehicles were seen plying on the roads but passenger traffic remained off the roads. Complete shutdown also continued in south Kashmir district of Kulgam.

Similar reports were also received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Budgam. (UNI)