November 2016 News

Day 141: Kashmir Opens For Weekend

26 November 2016
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: Markets in Kashmir remained abuzz with business activities on Saturday, the first day of two-day relaxation call announced by the joint resistance leadership. From honks of horns to loud announcements of street vendors selling winter stuff, the markets from Polo view to Hari Singh High Street remained busy throughout the day. All the business establishments, private institutions, and shops remained open for the day. In Lal Chowk, Residency road and other adjoining markets, frequent traffic jams were witnessed. Witnesses said that traffic cops could be seen helping smooth flow of traffic on Moulana Azad Road and Residency Road up to Amira Kadal. 'There is too much of traffic flow today. At times it becomes difficult to clear the road,' a traffic cop posted at Regal Chowk said. Street vendors, who had set stalls at Polo View, Residency Road, Clock tower(Ghanta Ghar) and Amira Kadal were seen selling winter stuff, especially warm clothes and blankets throughout the day. 'Like the last Saturday, we had a good business today as well. We hope same rush would continue tomorrow also,' said Lateef Ahmed, a vendor outside Biscoe School at Residency Road. Kashmir has been observing continuous shutdown for the past 140 days on the call given by the joint resistance leadership. First two-day relaxation was announced last week for Saturday and Sunday and it was announced for this weekend. In Old city, all the markets opened while as traffic also plied smoothly. Shoppers flooded Jamia Market in Nowhatta's old city. Pertinently, people were allowed to offer Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid yesterday after 19 straight weeks. Allowing congregational prayers has given some sort of semblance of normalcy in the old city, which is considered as the epicenter of pro-freedom protests. Reports from various district headquarters said that all the major markets remained open amid huge flow of traffic, both private and public transport. At least 97 people including two cops have been killed while as 15000 people sustained injuries in the past over four month long uprising triggered by the killing of Hizb commander Burhan. More than 1100 people sustained pellet injuries in their eyes of which dozens lost their vision fully.