SRINAGAR – Situation was still far from normal as shops and business establishments remained closed for the 47th day on Friday in the Kashmir valley, where people are protesting against scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A besides dividing state into two Union Territories.
Meanwhile, restrictions under Section 144 CrPC, banning assemble of four or more persons, continued as a precautionary measure in the valley, where internet and mobile service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), remained suspended since August 5.
Educational institutions also remained closed as students stayed away from their classes since August 5 in the valley.
All gates of historic Jamia Masjid in the Shehar-e-Khas remained closed to prevent people from entering the worship place since August 5. Large number of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) are deployed in the Jamia Market and outside the Masjid to maintain law and order.
Shops and other business establishments remained crippled in summer capital, Srinagar and its adjoining areas for the past 47th days on Friday while public transport, including the buses of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC), remained off the roads. However, private vehicles were seen plying on roads in the down town, SeK, uptown, civil lines and outskirts. There were some stone pelting incidents in the uptown and down town on Thursday evening, resulting in damage to some vehicles.
Elsewhere in Kashmir valley, life remained crippled with all shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic off the roads due to strike since August 5. However, very less number of private vehicles were seen plying on the routes today.
Reports received here said that business and other activities remained crippled for the 47th day today in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian. There was also no change in the situation in Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Pattan, Sopore, Handwara and Ajas in north. Reports of shutdown were also received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Budgam.
Large number of security forces remained deployed to maintain law and orders in the valley.