SRINAGAR – Life remained affected for the 100th day on Tuesday in the Kashmir valley, where people are protesting against scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A, besides dividing the state into two Union Territories (UTs) on August 5.
Police said there are no curfew restrictions in any part of the valley today. However, restrictions under Section 144 CrPC, prohibiting an assembly of four or more persons, continued as a precautionary measure in the valley on Tuesday.
As a precautionary measure, all gates of historic Jamia Masjid in the downtown remained closed for devotees since August 5. A large number of Central Armed Paramilitary Force (CAPF) are deployed in the Jamia market and outside to prevent people from entering the worship place, a stronghold of Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is currently under house arrest.
Due to severe cold, very less number of shops and business establishments reopened in Srinagar and outskirts this morning. However, after functioning for about three hours from 0800 hrs, everything came to halt again as shopkeepers closed their establishments and left for home.
Public transport, including State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses, remained off the roads since August 5. However, private vehicles and three-wheelers were seen plying on some routes in the civil line and uptown. A number of cabs were also seen plying on different routes, including Srinagar to different districts besides in the city.
Pre-paid mobile service and internet service, including Broadband of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), also remained suspended for the past 100 days.
Via Kashmir Observer