Day 104 : Kashmir continues to remain shut

Srinagar: Even though a good number of private vehicles were plying in the Srinagar and some other major towns in Kashmir valley, where there was no curfew or restrictions, business and other activities remained paralysed for the 104th consecutive day.

The ‘resistance camp’ in a latest protest calendar has extended the strike call till October 27.

Besides strike, the separatists had asked people to organise "Azadi Convention" in support of right to self determination demand in their respective areas in the valley, where 95 people, mostly youths, were killed in security force and state police action in the current unrest.

Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads in Srinagar and elsewhere in Kashmir valley, where large number of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed.

However, people alleged that restrictions had been imposed in Budgam, Ganderbal and Pulwama towns, where security forces were not allowing people to assemble.

A UNI correspondent, who visited a number of areas in the city, including civil lines, saw good number of private vehicles, including two wheelers, plying on Moulana 
Azad and Residency roads, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital and Budshah chowk. Large number of roadside vendors, including those selling eatables, fruits and warm cloths could be seen in the civil lines.

At Dalgate some cabs were also seen plying to different routes, particularly to Pampore, Batmaloo and airport road.

In the down town, besides private vehicles, some three wheelers could also been plying, including in Khanyar, Safa Kadal, Nowhatta and Rainawari.

However, the situation in and around the historic Jamia masjid, stronghold of moderate HC chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, remained unchanged. Main gates of the Masjid remained closed and security forces remained deployed in the Jamia market to prevent people from entering the worship place.

Business and other activities remained paralysed and work in government offices remained affected. Majority of the banks, particularly in the uptown, down town and sensitive places also remained closed after some unidentified persons attacked a J&K bank branch in the uptown yesterday. Educational institutions also remained closed.

Private vehicles were seen plying in the uptown, where security forces remained deployed to prevent any law and order problem.

A report from Baramulla said that life remained crippled in this and other major towns and tehsil headquarters in north Kashmir.         

Business and other activities remained crippled and traffic off the roads. However, car and two-wheelers could be seen plying. Security forces remained deployed in strength on bridges connecting old town with civil lines.        

Meanwhile, people alleged that restriction have been imposed in central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal where large number of security forces have been deployed to stop any 'pro-freedom' rally. Roads continued to wear almost a deserted look with only security forces deployed on both sides and business and other activities remained closed in the twin central Kashmir districts.

A report from Pulwama said restrictions had been imposed in this town while elsewhere in south Kashmir, business and other activities remained paralysed and traffic was off the roads for the 104th day today.

Situation was no different in rest of the areas of south Kashmir, including Shopian and Kulgam, where normal life remained paralysed as shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads. However, private vehicles could be seen plying on some routes.

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