Fresh curbs imposed on Friday, shutdown enters 75th day

MAJID NABI. Dated: 10/19/2019 2:28:36 PM

SRINAGAR, Oct 18: Fresh curbs were imposed in parts of Srinagar city amid shutdown which completed 75 days on Friday after Articles 370, 35A according special status to Jammu and Kashmir were made inoperative on August 5.
Since authorities re-imposed restrictions in old city parts fearing apprehensions of ‘breach of peace’, Friday congregational prayers could not be offered at Jamia Masjid situated at Nowhatta area being locked for 11th consecutive week. Thick deployment of police and paramilitary forces was made around grand mosque to thwart possibility of protests post Friday prayers.
While markets across Kashmir were closed, public transport continued to remain off the roads on 75th day. However, a very thin movement of private vehicles could be seen on roads. The continuous suspension of public transport besides affecting inter-district road connectivity badly has also caused huge losses to transport industry.
Schools, colleges and universities which were declared open by the administration recently were deserted as the students continued to skip classes even as the government issued date sheet for 8th, 10th an 12th classes. Attendance of teachers and other staff was also recorded thin educational institutions in educational institutions across valley.
Attendance of employees in post offices, courts and other government departments was also recorded thin as the employees could not make it to their respective workplaces as overwhelming majority of employees comes from old city which remained caged following Friday.
75 days passed, communication system barring postpaid mobile service and some landline phones continued to remain suspended in entire Kashmir.
Banihal-Baramulla rail service continued to remain suspended on account of uncertainty which continued to prevail in Kashmir valley since August 5.
Reports of clashes were also received from few parts of old city after Friday prayers. Police, according to reports, lobbed tear smoke shells to disperse protesters. However, no loss of life or injury was reported from anywhere till reports last came in.
Witnesses said that additional companies of police and paramilitary CRPF was deployed on roads in old city areas and roads at few places blocked with razor wire to prevent public and vehicular movement.

 

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