Life Remains Crippled for 57th Day in Kashmir

Photo: Abid Bhat / KO

SRINAGAR – Normal life remained crippled for the 57th day on Monday in Kashmir valley, where people are protesting against scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A, besides dividing the state into two Union Territories since August 5.

Meanwhile, clashes between demonstrators and security forces in some parts of the city, including uptown have been reported during the last 24 hours. Majority of shops and business establishments opened for two hours from 0700 hrs till 0900 hrs in the city, including in the civil lines and outskirts on Monday.

Officials said that there were no curfew restrictions in any part of the valley. However, restrictions under Section 144 CrPC, banning assemble of four or more persons, continued as a precautionary measure in the valley to maintain law and order, they said.

Train service remained suspended while gag on communication network continued for the 57th day in the valley, where internet and mobile service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), also remained suspended since August 5 to prevent rumours. However, landline telephones were functioning in the valley.

All gates of historic Jamia Masjid remained closed for devotees since August 5 while Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) remained deployed in the Jamia Market and outside the Masjid to maintain law and order. No prayers, including on Fridays, were offered in the Masjid since August 5 due to restrictions.

Shops and other business establishments remained closed in summer capital, Srinagar and its adjoining areas for the past 57 days while public transport, including State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC), was off the roads on Monday. But, private vehicles were plying on most of the routes in the city and outskirts.

Reports received said restrictions under section 144 CrPC were being strictly imposed in some sensitive areas in south Kashmir district of Anantnag, where shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads.

Similar reports were also received from other main town and tehsil headquarters, including Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Pampore, Tral and Awantipora. There was also no change in the situation in Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Pattan, Sopore, Handwara and Ajas in north Kashmir. Reports of shutdown were also received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Budgam.

Meanwhile, train service between Baramulla in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region remained suspended for security reasons since August 5.

Landline telephone services were resumed in the valley. However, mobile and internet service of all Cellular companies remained suspended since August 5, badly hitting professional, media persons, students besides traders and government departments in the valley.  (PTI)

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