Day 62: Normal Life Remains Out of Gear

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A woman passing nearby a closed market at business hub Lal Chowk in Srinagar amid Shutdown.

SRINAGAR – Normal life in Kashmir on Saturday remained affected following the Centre’s August 5 move to abrogate Article 370 that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir, as markets and other business establishments remained closed while most of the public transport was off the roads across the Valley, officials said.

However, government offices were open and attendance in most offices was near normal, they said.

Private vehicles and some private taxis including autorickshaws could be seen plying in parts of the city while some roadside vendors were also visible, the officials said. Late evening reports suggest that an auto-rickshaw was burnt at Hawal near Islamia College here but there was no official confirmation when this report was filed.

Authorities have been imposing restrictions on Friday in some parts of the Valley in view of apprehensions of violent protests. The curbs were lifted Saturday morning, the officials said.

The efforts of the state government to open schools have not borne any fruit as parents continued to keep the kids at home due to apprehensions about their safety.

While landline telephony services have been restored across the Valley, mobile telephone services in most parts of Kashmir and all internet services continue to remain suspended since 5 August.

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