Srinagar: As curfew and restrictions continued on the 30th consecutive day on Sunday people in the Valley responded to the call of 'United Resistance Leadership' for sanitation drive in their respective localities.
Residents were seen voluntarily cleanling roads and lanes of their areas and removing the piled up garbage.
The separatists had called for sanitation and cleanliness drive under the guidance of local mosque committees from 10 am to 4 pm in Mohallas, villages, localities and hospitals.
It bears mention that due to month long curfew the garbage in the streets has piled up as the work in the state controlled munciplaities have come to a compelete halt posing danger to public life.
Besides observing complete shutdown, the people were seen enthusiastically involved in sanitation and cleanliness drive in number of Srinagar localities.
“The sanitation drive was also launched in several areas of South Kashmir,” reports said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Kashmir Range, Ghulam Hassan Bhat said that the situation across South Kashmir remained by and large peaceful today.
“No clashes or protests were reported from any part of South Kashmir,” he said.
Meanwhile, the volunteers in Botengo area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district launched sanitation drive in their area.
“Following the programme given by Hurriyat leaders, the youth in the area cleaned sewers and sanitized their area,” witnesses said.
Similar cleanliness drive was launched in Palhallan, Pattan and other areas, in which hundreds of people mostly youth participated.
Reports said that in Pattan town, sub-district Hospital was also cleaned by the volunteers.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) North Kashmir Range, Uttam Chand said that the situation across North Kashmir remained under control.
“There were no clashes or protests across north Kashmir today,” he said.
Meanwhile some markets opened in the city following the relaxation schedule as per the calendar issued by the United Resistance Leadership this evening.
Lal Chowk, the major business hub of Srinagar witnessed rush of people and private vehicles started plying after 18 hours Sunday evening.
As per the program, there was a relaxation in shutdown and protests from 6 PM onwards, so people came out from homes and moved towards markets, witnesses said.
People were seen engaged in shopping. There was huge rush of vehicular traffic and public movement. The traders opened shops exactly at 6 PM.
Reports coming from Sopore said that fruit and vegetable carts were seen in the markets, shops opened and people were seen hurriedly buying essentials.
This is the first day after Eid-ul-Fitr that markets in Srinagar such some activity, saida shop owner.
Lal Chowk has been deserted for thirty long days and those residing or staying here only heard and saw fast moving ambulances these days, he said.
So far, at least 60 civilians have been killed while thousands have sustained injuries in the current renewed uprising.
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