Day 83: Spontaneous Shutdown Continues in Kashmir

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Deserted business hub Lal Chowk in Srinagar amid shutdown.

SRINAGAR – Uneasy calm continues to prevail in Kashmir with a spontaneous shutdown completing 83rd day.

Increased movement of private transport was observed on roads in civil lines but shops and business establishments remained shut on Saturday, though in some parts of uptown mainly in Sanat Nagar, Raj Bagh, Ikhraj Pora, Jawahar Nagar and Shaheed Ganj some shops were seen open throughout the day.

Since it was a public holiday on Saturday, schools, colleges and universities, which never opened after 5th August, remained officially closed, while the movement of private vehicular traffic registered a visible decline in old city.

Except morning and evening hours, shopkeepers prefer to stay away from business activities. In the interiors of the city shopkeepers open up their shops during morning hours and close them down as a mark of protest even as no faction has called for any protest strike.

The commercial hub Lal Chowk as usual witnessed no business activity. Majority of the fuel stations also remained shut while auto-rickshaws are seen on the roads ferrying passengers in some civil lines areas.

There was ease in restrictions as compared to Friday, when prayers in Jamia Masjid and Dargah Hazratbal were not allowed for 12th week at a stretch; however 144crpc remained imposed throughout the valley.

There was also a considerable decline in the deployment of forces in sensitive areas, where restrictions had remained imposed on Friday.

While post paid mobile service and landlines, all over the state are functional now, but prepaid mobile services, text messaging and internet services remain suspended in the valley.

Heavy rush of street vendors and customers was seen near Polo Ground Sunday market and on Residency Road, where vendors have beeen selling garments, shoes and various other items, since more than one and a half month.

In Batmaloo and various other parts of Srinagar city vegetable and fruit vendors carried on their business normally.

Train service between Baramulla and Banihal also completed 83rd day of its suspension on Saturday, putting inter district railway movement on a halt for almost three months now.

Besides Srinagar, the normal life was badly hit in other districts of Kashmir Valley including Budgam, Ganderbal, Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Bandipora, Baramulla and Kupwara.

Shutdown is also being observed for the consecutive 83rd day in major town of Valley including Kangan, Tangmarg, Beerwah, Magam, Chadoora, Pakharpora, Rajpora, Pampore, Tral, Bijbehara, Pahalgam, Ashmuqam and Awantipora, Kakapora.

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