Spontaneous shutdown affects life for 77th day in Kashmir

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 10/21/2019 12:37:55 AM

SRINAGAR, Oct 20: Spontaneous shutdown affected normal life for the 77th consecutive day today in Kashmir.
Shops and business establishments continued to remain closed and public transport off the roads. However, a number of vendors today set up their stalls at “Sunday Market” from TRC to Lal Chowk.
The spontaneous shutdown is being observed since August 5 when articles 370 and 35A were scrapped and J&K state divided into two union territories.
Some shops open in some areas from 6 AM to 9 AM in some markets. Train service and pre-paid mobile and internet service of all cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), remained suspended since August 5 as a precautionary measure.
The historic Jamia Masjid, stronghold of chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, presently under house arrest, remained closed for devotees since August 5. Adequate number of security forces remained deployed in the Jamia market and outside the worship place to maintain law and order. There is no curfew restriction in any part of the valley on Sunday. However, restriction under Section 144 CrPC continued and additional central paramilitary forces (CPMF) remained deployed in strength since August 5 to prevent any law and order problem.
Life remained paralysed elsewhere in the valley, where additional security forces remained deployed to prevent any untoward incident. Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic off the roads in Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Pattan, Handwara and Sopore in north Kashmir. Reports of strike were also received from Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, Pampore and Kulgam in south Kashmir, where additional security forces remained deployed to maintain law and order. There was also no change in the situation in the central Kashmir districts of Badgam and Ganderbal, where business and other activities remained paralysed.



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