December 2016 News

Shutdown Resumes Again In Kashmir

13 December 2016
Brighter Kashmir

Srinagar: After markets remained abuzz with the shoppers for the past three days following relaxation in the strike announced by the separatists, life was affected again as business and other activities remained shut today though good number of private and public vehicles, including cabs, were plying on various routes in Kashmir. Meanwhile, all gates to historic Jamia Masjid remain open and people were allowed to offer prayers in the mosque though large number of security forces remained deployed outside the premises to maintain law and order. However, for the past three weeks, people were allowed to offer Friday prayers as gates of the worship place remained closed since July 9. All educational institutes, which registered almost full attendance despite chill since Saturday due to three day relaxation given by separatists, again wore a deserted look. Police said there was no curfew or restrictions in any part of the Kashmir Valley though security forces remained deployed in strength to maintain law and order. However, the markets, which were flooded with customers in the city from last three days, were again closed though good number of private and public vehicles, besides three-wheelers, could be seen plying on some routes. But today the number of vehicles plying on roads was very less as compared to the last three days, when there was relaxation in strike. As the day temperature witnessed considerable improvement since Saturday, business and other activities were abuzz from last three days as enthusiastic shoppers flooded the markets to buy warm clothes, besides other essential items following relaxation by separatists for the fourth successive week. However, today all shops were again closed in the main business hubs in civil lines, including Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city . The situation was no different in uptown, where shops and business establishments, which were open for three days till yesterday, were again closed. But, good number of public and private vehicles were plying on roads, resulting in traffic jam on Airport road at Rambagh due to traffic diversion. Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheading the agitation, had for the first time since July 9 announced relaxation for three days. The separatists have, however, extended the strike till December 15.