November 2019 News

90 Days' Of Lockdown In Valley

5 November 2019
The Tribune

Srinagar: A 90-day shutdown in the Valley since abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two separate Union Territories on August 5 presents a bleak picture. This could be termed as one of the longest lockdowns in the history of Kashmir. Though travel restrictions have been completely removed and post-paid mobile and landline services resorted, the situation on the ground remains unpredictable. Closure of markets, petrol pumps and public transport off the roads has become a common phenomenon. In the past three months, schools and colleges have largely remained closed, forcing the authorities to provide study material to the students. 'It is a mockery to handover study material to the students. There are subjects wherein practical is essential. Even technical courses are relying on study materials,' said a vice-principal of a government college. A baker who does his business discreetly said, 'I ask every customer what will happen next. No one answers with surety.'