Life returns to normal after 2 days of shutdown

MAJID NABI. Dated: 8/8/2018 12:28:55 PM

SRINAGAR, Aug 7: Life in Srinagar and elsewhere in restive Kashmir that witnessed unparalleled protests against PIL challenging Article 35 (A) limped back to normalcy after two days continuous shutdown on Tuesday.
United against tinkering with constitutional Act, people across Kashmir staged demonstrations to protest attempts to change demographic set-up of the state.
The shutdown call and subsequent protests against the plans to abrogate Article 35 (A) was given by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.
City markets which remained shut for two consecutive days in the wake of unprecedented strike abuzz with people since morning, although rains lash Kashmir valley since Monday evening.
Commercial establishments, shops, offices, fuel stations and other business establishments opened here this morning, while public transport returned on roads. Educational institutions also opened in summer capital and elsewhere.

Similar reports were received from other district townships including Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag and Kulgam. Reports said markets opened and other commercial activities were resumed in these south Kashmir districts this morning.

Schools and colleges also reopened after two days shutdown called by separatist conglomerate against PIL challenging Article 35 (A) in the Supreme Court.
Normal life also resumed in north and central Kashmir comprising Kupwara, Handwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Budgam districts with no untoward incident reported from anywhere.
Baramulla-Banihal rail service that remained suspended for two days was also resumed today.
JRL in a statement said that protest program against attempts to remove Article 35 (A) will be issued from time to time till August 27; the day case is listed in the Supreme Court of India.
The Apex Court had on Monday deferred hearing on Article 35(A) till August 27 as the third judge of constitutional bench was unavailable due to some engagements.



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