Day 152: Life Returns To All Major Towns Across Kashmir

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Srinagar: The vehicular movement across all the major town of Kashmir on Wednesday witnessed a sharp rise as more and more people have started coming out of their homes. Both public and private transport has steadily been picking up as more vehicles poured on the roads on Wednesday. This has forced the traffic department to announce some restrictions. However, business and other activities continued to remain paralysed.

Police said there was no curfew or restrictions though security forces remained deployed in strength to maintain law and order in the Kashmir valley, where about 90 persons, mostly youths, were killed in security force and police action since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag.

Shops and business establishments remained closed though transport movement was almost normal on various routes in the Valley.

Students continued to abstain from their schools though teaching and other staff could be seen attending their duties. However, for the past three weeks schools are operating only on weekends when there is relaxation in separatist strike. Some private schools have asked the students to attend the classes in civvies and at their own risk.

Kashmir University wore a festive look as the second Semester examination resumed there on Wednesday after a gap of nearly five months.

Meanwhile, all shops were closed in the main business hubs in civil lines . But, good number of passenger and private vehicles was plying on the streets in civil lines, resulting in traffic jam on some routes, forcing traffic department to announce traffic advisory for smooth movement of vehicles.

The situation was no different in uptown, where shops and business establishments remained closed.

A report from Anantnag said that business and other activities, which were functional over the weekend, remained closed for the third day in this and other south Kashmir towns, including Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Awantipora, Pampore and Pahalgam.

Some inter-district cabs, besides private vehicles were plying on some routes in south Kashmir, where government offices and banks were also affected due to the strike.

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 over the weekend, a report from Baramulla said.

Security forces and state police personnel remained deployed in entire north Kashmir, where shops and business establishments remained closed though good number of private, besides some public transport, including inter-district cabs, was plying on roads. Similar reports were received from Kupwara, Handwara, Bandipora, Ajas, Pattan and Palhalan, where life remained crippled today.

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 over weekend due to relaxation in strike. However, good number of passenger and public transport was plying on roads at some places in the Ganderbal and Budgam.

 

Teargas Shelling In Pulwama

Security forces today burst teargas shells to disperse ‘pro-freedom’ rallies in some parts of Kashmir valley.

Protestors took to streets at various places in Pulwama following separatists asking people to organize ‘freedom marches’ in their respective areas.

However, when the protestors were moving towards village Murran in Pulwama, security forces deployed in the area swung into action and burst teargas shells to disperse the protestors, who were regrouping and pelting stones.

Meanwhile, protestors clashes with security forces at Ajas in north Kashmir district of Bandipora after they were stopped from taking out a pro-freedom rally.

Reports of clashes were coming from some other parts of the valley was well.

Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) had urged people to organise ‘freedom marches’ in different parts of the valley, including from Pulwama to Murran and Bandipora to Ajas.

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