Day After New Hurriyat Calendar, Roads Abuzz With Traffic

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SRINAGAR: A day after the joint resistance leadership issued its weekly protest calendar on Wednesday, more motorists hit the road on Thursday apparently against the diktat of ‘no relaxation’ featured in their last calendar.

Roads in all the major towns of the Valley including Srinagar were abuzz with traffic as people came out in large numbers to carry out their routine activities.

However, normal life across Kashmir remained affected due to the separatist sponsored strike. Some shops were also open in the areas in the civil lines and outskirts of the city as well in some rural areas in other districts of the Valley. Srinagar town saw movement of private and public transport, except buses, in some areas of the city, officials said.

Many areas of the city here witnessed large queues of private vehicles as people slowly began to pick up the threads of their lives affected by the nearly four-month-long strike, they said.

As the traffic in the city has significantly increased, additional traffic police personnel have been deployed at some intersections to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

Schools and business establishments elsewhere remained closed due to the strike called by the separatist groups including both factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF.

The ongoing unrest in Kashmir, triggered by killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir on 8 July, has completed four months.

The officials said there were no curbs on movement of people anywhere in Kashmir, but adequate deployment of security forces has been made at some vulnerable points to maintain law and order as well as to instil a sense of security among the people to carry out their day to day activities.

The separatists, who are spearheading the ongoing agitation in the Valley, have been issuing weekly protest programmes. The separatists late last night extended the strike till 17 November, with a 15-hour periodic relaxation four days.

 

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