Normal life returns to Valley for a day27 July 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Normal life resumed in Kashmir valley today while shutdowns and restrictions are likely to continue from tomorrow till Saturday as the hard-line Hurriyat faction led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani has already issued a calendar of protests for this week. The Valley had witnessed its full normal day on Sunday earlier this week after three weeks of shutdowns besides restrictions placed by the authorities. As per the Hurriyat calendar, the people had been 'asked' to carry out daily activities today and on Saturday while it had announced various protest programmes for the remaining days of the week. Just like Sunday, hustle and bustle returned to the summer capital as most of the main roads witnessed heavy traffic jams throughout the day. Heavy rush of people was seen at the shops, ATMs and Governmental and private offices. 'I have brought enough vegetables and meat that will last till Saturday but it took me two hours to buy all the stuff as this place was too crowded,' said a local, Manzoor Ahmad after shopping at Sarai Bala area of the city. Billing counters at the banks and at the offices of telephone and mobile companies besides petrol pumps also saw a huge rush of people. Even as a few educational institutions had remained open on Sunday, many schools reopened here after around six weeks. A lot of enthusiasm was witnessed amongst school going children, who had been confined to their homes due to a series of shutdowns and curfew. The social networking site, Facebook, which had allegedly come under the scanner of the police for the anti-Government content posted by the people during protests, today saw lots of comments being posted by children expressing happiness over going to school after a long time. 'Finally going to school…wohoo,' posted Hisham Wani, a student of Tyndale Biscoe School. While the overall situation remained peaceful in the valley, a shutdown was observed in Pulwama and Kakpora against the arrest of four youth on charges of stone pelting.