Day-119 : Even though there is no curfew or restrictions, life remain crippled in Kashmir

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Even though there is no curfew or restriction in any part of the Kashmir valley, life remained crippled for the 119th consecutive day today in response to separatist call, demanding right to self determination.
However, police said to maintain law and order, adequate deployment would continue across the valley, where 86 persons were killed and several thousand were injured in security force and police action since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag.
There was however, no change in the situation in and around historic Jamia Masjid, where main gates remained closed and no Friday prayers could be offered for the past 17 weeks due to restrictions.
Good number of private vehicles, particularly two wheelers, were seen plying in summer capital, Srinagar and other major towns while public transport remained off the roads.
Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheading the agitation since the death of Burhan, had already extended the strike till November 10. Today the separatists had asked people to organise seminars and pay homage to martyrs of Jammu muslims who were allegedly massacred on this day in 1947.
Barbed wire and road blocks put up early yesterday to foil Friday prayers, have been removed in the down town and Shehar-e-Khas, including at Khawaja Bazar and Rangar Stop.
However, there was no change in the situation in and around the historic Jamia Masjid, stronghold of moderate HC Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, who also remained under house arrest. The main gates of the historic worship place remained closed and nobody was being allowed to enter the Masjid, where no Friday prayers could be offered for the past 18 weeks due to restrictions.
Roads leading to Maisuma and historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, which were closed yesterday as precautionary measure were open today. Shops and business establishments remained closed in main business hubs in the city, including Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Regal Chowk, Residency road, Moulana Azad road, Budshah Chowk, Lal Chowk, Maisuma, Goni Khan, Mahraj Bazar and Dalgate. However, private transport was plying on most of the city routes.
Curfew imposed in Batmaloo area in the heart of the city yesterday to prevent protests and violence, has been lifted. However, hundreds of vehicles, particularly passenger buses, remained grounded for the past three months due to strike.
Large number of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed to prevent any law and order problem.
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.
Business and other activities remained paralysed in the uptown and educational institutions continued to wore a deserted look as students stayed away in response to separatist strike call.
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, 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.

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