Massive traffic jams scuttled vehicular movement across Srinagar and elsewhere in Valley as people hit streets and markets with the beginning of two-day long relaxation in shutdown announced by joint resistance leadership spearheading ongoing five-month old mass uprising.
Eyewitnesses said all the shops, commercial establishments, schools, colleges, petrol stations and other establishments opened in early hours on Saturday while every kind of transport also plied on roads. Dressed in colourful uniforms, school children were seen rushing towards their schools in summer capital here.
People in huge numbers were seen in all major markets of city including Lal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Nowhatta, Maharaja Bazar, Hari Singh High Street, Koker Bazar etc. There was also huge pedestrian rush. Due to heavy rush of people, scenes of traffic jams were seen all across the City roads, particularly in Lal Chowk, Dalgate, Exhibition Crossing and Batamaloo areas.
Reports from all other district headquarters suggested that heavy movement of all kinds of vehicles and pedestrians was witnessed on all major roads. Reports said large number of shoppers thronged markets and the markets remained abuzz throughout the day. A police official said the day passed off peacefully and no untoward incident from any part of the Valley was reported.(GNS)