Srinagar: Business activities were today affected in the Kashmir valley due to strike called by separatists against the visit of Prime minister Narendra Modi to Jammu to inaugurate tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu national highway.
However, majority vendors had put up their stall on famous Sunday Market in the heart of the city though the number of customers was very less due to strike.
Thousands of students today appeared in national level JEE main in the valley.
Shops and business establishments, which remain open on Sundays, were closed and traffic was off the roads in the summer capital, Srinagar and other major towns and tehsil headquarters in the Kashmir valley.
Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheading the agitation, demanding right to self determination have called or a general strike today, when Mr Modi will dedicate about 31 km-long Chenani-Nashri tunnel, longest on the highway, linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads in Srinagar.
However, private vehicles were plying on almost all routes, including in the down town and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK). A UNI correspondent who visited the down town and SeK saw people busy in their routine work and mid-day prayers were also held in the historic Jamia Masjid.
Life remained affected in the civil lines, including Maisuma, Budshah Chowk, Gaw Kadal and nearby areas where massive protests erupted yesterday after police fired several rounds in the area before overpowering a mentally challenged person from at a hotel.
The Sunday market was open and hundreds of vendors, selling from a simple needle to carpet and electronic gadgets, have put up their stall. However, there was hardly any buyers in the market, which otherwise attracts thousands of customers from different parts of the valley.
Though majority shops and business establishments remained closed in the SeK and down town besides outskirts, but roadside vendors were seen selling vegetables and fruits.
The situation in the uptown was no different with shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic remained off the roads.
Life was also affected in this and other major towns and tehsil headquarters in the north Kashmir, a report from Baramulla said. Business and other activities were affected and transport was off the roads.
However, additional security forces and state police personnel had been deployed to prevent any law and order problem.
Majority shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads in this and other major south Kashmir towns, a report from Anantnag said. However, private vehicles were plying on some routes, the report said.
Similar reports were received from central Kashmir districts of Badgam and Ganderbal.
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