Normalcy slowly returning to Kashmir; gag on internet continues

Normalcy slowly returning to Kashmir; gag on internet continues

Agency News

Srinagar, Nov 18 : Normalcy was slowly returning to the Valley, with more and more shops reopening everyday and a good number of vehicles hitting the streets in Kashmir, where prepaid mobile and internet service of all cellular companies remained suspended since August 5, when Article 370 and Article 35 A were scrapped and the state was divided into two Union Territories (UTs).

Meanwhile, train service between Baramulla and Banihal was nearing normalcy on Monday after the service was resumed on Srinagar-Banihal track on Sunday.

A police official said there was no curfew restriction in any part of the valley on Monday. However, restrictions under Section 144 CrPC, prohibiting assemble of four or more persons, continued as a precautionary measure in the valley.

But, all gates of the historic Jamia Masjid remained closed since August 5. However, Jamia market reopens for few hours in the morning only to be closed in the noon though Central Armed Paramilitary Force (CAPF) remained deployed in strength in the area to prevent protests.

Friday prayers have not been allowed since August 5 in Jamia Masjid, stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, who is currently under house arrest.

Many shops in the city, particularly in uptown and civil lines, including Lal Chowk, remained open throughout the day on Monday. A heavy rush of traffic, including cabs and other passenger vehicles, besides private vehicles, continued to ply on majority roads in the city.

Most shops and business establishments reopened this morning in Srinagar, including in uptown, civil lines and downtown. However, after functioning for about three hours from 0900 hrs, everything again came to halt as shopkeepers closed their establishments and left for home.

A report from Anantnag said business and other activities remained partially affected in this and other district and tehsil headquarters of south Kashmir on Monday. “Many shops remained open throughout the day in main Anantang town.

Private vehicles were seen plying on the roads, but passenger traffic remained off the roads. Some cabs were also seen plying to different district routes. But, life remained affected in Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama.

Life remained partially affected due to strike in this and other north Kashmir towns, a report from Baramulla said on Monday. Traffic was off the roads, though a good number of vehicles was seen plying on different routes in the district, where additional security forces were deployed at sensitive places, to prevent any law and order problem.

Similar reports were also received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Budgam, where life was limping back to normal. (UNI)