Large number of vendors and private transport are out in the summer capital, Srinagar, though shops and business establishments remained closed as strike entered 121st day today in the Kashmir valley, where impact of separatist strike continued in district and tehsil headquarters.
The gates of historic Jamia Masjid, where no Friday prayers could be offered for the past 18 weeks, in the Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) remained closed. However, locals said last evening prayers were offered in the Masjid, stronghold of chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq.
Police said there is curfew or restrictions on assembly of people in any part of the valley though deployment of security forces would continue.
Both the factions of the HC and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheading the agitation since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants were killed in Anantnag,, have already extended the strike till November 10. However, there is relaxation in the strike from 1600 hrs till 0700 hrs tomorrow.
Large number of vendors are out at “Sunday Market” in the heart of the city, though the number of customers remained less as people from district and other parts of the valley could not come due to non availability of transport. Vendors had put up their stalls from Radio Kashmir, Srinagar, crossing to Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, where the civil secretariat , seat of the government, including office of Chief Minister and her other cabinet colleagues were closed here last week to reopen in Jammu tomorrow.
Selling from simple needle to carpets besides warm and woolen cloths as winter has already set in, the vendors said for the past about four months, they had suffered heavy losses.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads. However, private transport was plying on all roads.
Large number of security forces and police personnel remained deployed in the city, including Residency road, Moulana Azad road, Maisuma and other areas. Similar situation was witnessed in other parts of the civil lines, including Batmaloo, HSHS, Dalgate and Gonikhan.
There was no change in the situation in and around the historic Jamia masjid, where all gates remained closed and security forces could be seen deployed in the Jamia market.
Hundreds of police and security force personnel, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding automatic weapons, remained deployed in the Nallahmar road and other SeK and Down Town areas, where some clashes took places yesterday. However, there was no road block at any place today.
There was no major change in the situation in the uptown where business and other activities remained crippled and traffic was off the roads. However, private vehicles were seen plying on Airport road though very less in number.
Security forces and state police personnel remained deployed to maintain law and order.
There was no change in the situation in major towns and tehisil headquarters in north Kashmir, where the impact of strike was felt today also, a report from Baramulla said. Security forces and state police personnel remained deployed in this and other north Kashmir towns, where shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads. However, private vehicles could be seen plying on some routes. Security forces remained deployed on bridges over river Jehlum, connecting old town with civil lines in Baramulla.
Similar reports were received from Kupwara, Handwara, Bandipora, Ajas, Pattan and Palhalan where life remained paralysed.
Business and other activities remained crippled in this and other south Kashmir towns, including Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Awantipora, Pampore and Pahalgam, a report from Shopian said adding transport was off the roads though some private vehicles could be seen plying.
Reports of complete strike were also received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Badgam, including Kangan, Charar-e-Sharief, Chadoora and Chanapora.