Strike Enters 14th Week In Kashmir

An elderly women passing near by a closed market at Amirakadal in Srinagar amid shutdown. (File Pic)

SRINAGAR – Life remained affected for the 92nd day on Monday due to strike in the Kashmir valley, where people are protesting scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A, besides downgrading the state and dividing it into two Union Territories (UTs) on August 5.

Security forces remained on alert to maintain law and order in the valley, where three former Chief Ministers—Dr Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti besides dozens of other senior leaders of different mainstream political parties remained under detention since August 5.

There is no curfew in any part of the valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, where majority business and other establishments, including banks, were seen functioning in the morning.

The internet service and pre-paid mobile network of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), remained suspended since August 5 as a precautionary measure in the valley. Train service also remained suspended for the past 92 days in the valley for security reasons.

Transport service, including the buses of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses, remained off the roads. Private vehicles and three wheelers were also seen plying on different routes, particularly in the uptown and civil lines.

A report from Baramulla said that business and other activities remained crippled since August 5 in this and other north Kashmir districts. Traffic was off the roads though some vehicles were seen plying on Srinagar-Uri highway. Additional security forces have been deployed at sensitive places to prevent any law and order problem.

Shops and business establishments remained closed in this and other district and tehsil headquarters of south Kashmir on Saturday, a report from Anantnag said. However, private vehicles were seen plying on the roads but passenger traffic remained off the roads. Complete shutdown also continued in south Kashmir district of Kulgam.

Similar reports were also received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Budgam.

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