Day 103: Life Remains Affected In Kashmir

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SRINAGAR – Life remains affected on Friday in Kashmir valley, where people are observing strike for the past 103 days against scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A, besides dividing the state into two Union Territories (UTs) on August 5.

Meanwhile, prepaid mobile and internet service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), remained suspended as a precautionary measure for the past 103 days in the valley.

Train service in south Kashmir remained suspended since August 5 for security reasons in Kashmir, where there is no curfew restriction in any part of the valley today. However, restrictions under Section 144 CrPC, prohibiting assemble of four or more persons, continued as a precautionary measure in the valley.

All gates of the historic Jamia Masjid remained closed since August 5. Central Armed Paramilitary Force (CAPF) are deployed in the Jamia market and outside to prevent people from entering the worship place, stronghold of Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is currently under house arrest.

Shops and business establishments reopened as usual this morning in Srinagar, including in the civil lines. However, after functioning for about three hours from 0830 hrs, everything again came to halt as shopkeepers closed their establishments and left for home.

Heavy rush of traffic, including cabs and other passenger vehicles, besides private vehicles, continued to ply on majority roads in the city.

Train service between Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region remained suspended since August 5. However, in north the service was resumed after remaining suspended for about 100 days though the number of passengers travelling between Srinagar-Badgam and Baramulla was very less.

A report from Anantnag said business and other activities remained affected in this and other district and tehsil headquarters of south Kashmir on Friday. However, private vehicles were seen plying on the roads but passenger traffic remained off the roads. Some cabs were also seen plying to different district routes.

Life remained paralysed due to strike in this and other north Kashmir towns, a report from Baramulla said. Traffic was off the roads though good number of vehicles were seen plying on different routes in the district. Additional security forces are deployed at sensitive places to prevent any law and order problem.

Similar reports were also received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Budgam, where business and other activities remained paralysed since August 5.

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