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


Srinagar, Dec 25 (UNI) After remaining affected for two days, business and other activities once again resumed in Kashmir on the first day of the five-day long relaxation in strike announced by separatists.

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.

The famous Sunday Market witnessed a large number of customers purchasing goods, mostly woollen, 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.

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 reopened.

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.

All roads leading to Maisuma, stronghold of JKLF chief Yasin Malik in civil lines, witnessed heavy rush of vehicles and pedestrians. Shops and business establishment in Maisuma were also functioning normally since early this morning.

Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, also witnessed heavy rush of vehicles. Majority of shops were open in the main business hubs in civil lines.


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