Kashmir: Life returns to normal on 1st day of 5-day long relaxation in strike

Newspoint Bureau
Srinagar, December 25
After remaining affected for two day due to hartal, business and other activities once again resumed and markets witnessed heavy rush of shoppers despite chilly weather conditions on the first day of the five-day long relaxation in strike announced by the separatists in Kashmir. This is for the second successive week since July 9 that separatists have asked people to do normal business for five consecutive days from the last day of a weekend. Earlier, the separatists used to give relaxation only over the weekends.
Meanwhile, the famous Sunday Market witnessed a large number of customers purchasing goods, mostly woolen, at hundreds of stalls put up by vendors.
All gates to historic Jamia Masjid were opened and people were allowed inside the compound while Jamia Market also witnessed heavy rush of customers in the wake of the relaxation given by separatists.
Despite chilly weather conditions in Kashmir valley, business and other activities resumed early this morning and enthusiastic shoppers could be seen buying warm clothes, besides other essential items. Traffic was plying on all routes though there were frequent traffic jams on some busy routes.
Both the factions of Hurriyat Conference and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheading the agitation since July 9, have called for strike only on two days, Fridays and Saturday, in a week in the last fortnight of December.
The summer capital Srinagar, which witnessed considerable improvement in the night temperature after mercury settled at minus 2.2 degree, once again came alive today as shops and business establishments opened despite Sunday.
The streets were flooded with vehicles and some routes witnessed traffic jams in the city, where traffic police personnel were on their toes to maintain smooth traffic movement.

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