Day 116: Partial Business Activity In Mornings, Shutdown During Day

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Shutdown in Kashmir. (Photo: Abid Bhat / KO)

SRINAGAR – After witnessing near normal activities for about five hours in the morning, life again came to halt in majority parts of the Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar on Wednesday afternoon.

However, pre-paid mobile and internet services of all Cellular companies remained suspended in the valley since August 5, when centre scrapped Article 370 and 35 A besides divided the state into two Union Territories (UTs).

The number of passenger vehicles has witnessed increase in the valley, including in summer capital, Srinagar during the past one week.

Leaders of different political parties, including three former Chief Ministers—Dr Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti– former minister and legislators who are under detention since August 5. However, two Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders Abdul Rehman Veri and Mohammad Dilawar Mir besides Democratic Nationalist Party (DNP) chief were released from detention on Tuesday after 114 days.

Majority shops and business establishments in the civil lines, including in the historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, reopened this morning. However, after functioning for over five hours, shutters were again closed and security forces remained deployed to maintain law and order.

In other parts of the city, including in the outskirts and uptown, some shops and business establishments were seen functioning in the morning before again shutting down for the day.

Partial strike continued in Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama districts in south Kashmir.

Majority shops and business establishments were functioning in Anantnag and Kulgam districts in the morning for more than four to five hours. Large number of cabs and other public transport vehicles were plying. Similar situation was witnessed in Shopian and Pulwama.

Shops and business establishments were functioning partially in central Kashmir district of Budgam in the morning and evening for several hours, where some public transport vehicles were also plying.

Life was near normal in this and other north Kashmir towns, a report from Baramulla said. Majority shops and business establishments were functioning and transport was also plying.

 

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