Valley Shuts Again After 2 Day ‘Relaxation Period’ Ends 

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Srinagar: After two days of relaxation in shutdown calendar, the Valley observed complete shutdown on Monday.

All the shops, educational institutes, petrol pumps and other business establishments remained closed throughout the day.

However, the brisk movement of vehicles was witnessed in Srinagar areas including the commercial hub Lal Chowk, Rambagh, Jawahar Nagar, Batamaloo and other adjacent areas.

Police said there was no curfew or restrictions in any part of the Kashmir valley though security forces remained deployed in strength to maintain law and order.

The markets which were flooded with customers on Sunday, again wore a deserted look though good number of private and public vehicles, besides three-wheelers, could be seen plying on some routes. But the number of vehicles plying on roads was very less as compared to weekend, when there was relaxation in strike. 

All shops were again closed in the main business hubs in civil lines, including Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Gonikhan, Residency road, Moulana Azad road, Mahraj Bazar, Batmaloo, Iqbal park, Dalgate, Regal Chowk and Budshah Chowk.  

But, good number of passenger and private vehicles which were plying on the streets in civil lines, resulting in traffic jams on some routes. 

The situation was no different in uptown, where shops and business establishments, which were open for two days till yesterday, again downed their shutters. But, good number of public and private vehicles were plying on roads in uptown, resulting in traffic jam on Airport road at Rambagh due to construction of flyover for which work remained suspended since July 9.

Meanwhile, all educational institutes wore a deserted look as students preferred to remain away in support of separatists call though examinations for class 10th and class 12th were going on as per schedule in Kashmir valley.

Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheading the agitation since July 9, had announced relaxation for 48 hours from Saturday. However, there will be no relaxation in the strike for the next two days while on November 30 and December 1 people have been asked to do normal business from 1600 hrs to 0700 hrs the next morning. 
The separatists have extended the strike till December 1.

Meanwhile, all the gates to historic Jamia Masjid, where Friday prayers were offered for the first time after 19 weeks on November 25, were again locked and no one was being allowed to enter the complex. The Jamia market, which witnessed heavy rush of customers on Saturday and Sunday, also wore a deserted look though large number of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed there.

A report from Baramulla said that life was again affected due to strike in this and other major towns and tehsil headquarters in north Kashmir, where markets witnessed a heavy rush on Saturday and yesterday.

Security forces and state police personnel remained deployed in entire north Kashmir, where shops and business establishments again downed their shutters yesterday.

Similar reports were received from Kupwara, Handwara, Bandipora, Ajas, Pattan and Palhalan, where life again came to a halt today.

A report from Anantnag said that business and other activities, which were functional for two days till yesterday, were again closed in this and other south Kashmir towns, including Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Awantipora, Pampore and Pahalgam. 

Transport was off the roads in entire south Kashmir though some private vehicles could be seen plying. Government offices and banks were also affected due to the strike.

Reports of complete strike were also received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Badgam, including Kangan, Charar-e-Sharief, Chadoora and Chanapora, where business establishments and shops were open for two days till yesterday due to relaxation in strike. However, some passenger and public transport was plying on roads at some places in the Ganderbal and Budgam.

In nearly five months long uprising more than 90 people including two cops were killed while several thousands of people were maimed and blinded in the Valley.

Notably, hundreds of youth involved in stone pelting have also been arrested while some among them have been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) and were shifted to Kot Bolwal jail in Jammu. 


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