Day 44: Normal life remains paralysed in Kashmir

MAJID NABI. Dated: 9/17/2019 11:56:09 PM

SRINAGAR, Sep 17: With no letup in communication breakdown, normal life continued to remain paralyzed in restive valley on 44th consecutive day today in the wake of abrogation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
Although no separatist, religious or political group called for any shutdown or protest against the bill scrapping provisions of Article 370, markets across Kashmir continued to remain deserted and public transport off the roads.
However nominal movement of private vehicles and three-wheelers was seen on roads at civil lines and uptown localities of Srinagar. Non-availability of public transport besides affecting the people associated with transport industry also put adverse impact on inter-district road connectivity in Kashmir.
Government offices, banks, post offices and courts witnessed thin attendance of employees while schools and colleges remained closed on 44th running day even as the administration ordered opening of schools up to high school level in ten districts of the valley.
Telecommunication continued to remain suspended in Kashmir though the authorities claimed to have restored landline telephone services everywhere last week.
Pertinently, the government of India repealed special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 and imposed restrictions under section 144 CrPC across Kashmir to prevent protests.
Majority of mainstream and separatist leaders were either arrested or placed under house arrest as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order. While sitting Parliamentarian and three times Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah was slapped with Public Safety, two other former CM’s Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti continued to remain under preventive custody since August 5.
Although there were no restrictions in civil line or uptown localities of Srinagar, however the roads remained dotted with police and paramilitary forces as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.
In old city, deployment police and paramilitary forces remained in force; however movement of private vehicles was witnessed throughout the day with no untoward incident reported from anywhere.



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