Day 109: Ambiguity grips valley after 2-day partial normalcy

MAJID NABI. Dated: 11/22/2019 12:09:21 PM

SRINAGAR, Nov 21: An ‘ambiguous’ situation prevailed in Kashmir on Thursday amidst spontaneous shutdown two days after normalcy restored ‘partially’ in parts of Srinagar city and few other places.
Markets at city centre Lal Chowk and other parts of summer capital were shut and public transport was off the roads. Movement of private vehicles also reduced after 1pm in the afternoon. Shops and other business establishments were reportedly closed in other parts of the valley as well.
While prepaid mobile and internet service continued to remain suspended on 109th running day, schools, colleges and universities across Kashmir wore deserted look as students continue to skip classes.
Strict curfew like restrictions were put in place and all modes of communication suspended throughout Jammu and Kashmir after the centre repealed Articles 370 and 35A and downgraded the state into two Union Territories on August 5.
Official sources said that partial restrictions would be imposed in some sensitive areas of old city following apprehensions of law and order post Friday congregational prayers. They further said that there is every possibility to keep Jamia Masjid locked for worshippers for 16th consecutive week.
It is in place to mention that historic Jamia Masjid located at Nowhatta area has been locked for congregational prayers ever since the special status of erstwhile state was repealed.
Meanwhile street vendors following ambiguity also abstained from setting up their stalls on roads while Mecca Market at Lal Chowk also witnessed small rush of people; however a handful of vendors selling vegetables, fruits and other stuff could be seen on roads at few places.
Reports reaching from south Kashmir said that shops and business establishments were closed and public transport constantly off the roads.



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