Street vendors defy shutdown in Srinagar

Normal life hit in Valley

Street vendors defy shutdown in Srinagar

Srinagar: For the first time in three decades, footpath vendors of a flea market here on Sunday defied the strike call to observe October 27 as a ‘black day’ to protest against the landing of Indian army to Kashmir in 1947.
An emailed statement attributed to press secretary of Hurriyat Conference (G) on Saturday had urged people to march towards Lal Chowk on October 27 to observe “black day”.
But it was business as usual in the weekly flea market, which has now become a permanent fixture along the TRC-Batamaloo axis on the Residency Road after the abrogation of Article 370 provisions on August 5, the officials said.
They said some shops were also open in the Regal Chowk and the Residency Road areas till noon, following the new routine of closing the shops in the second half of the day to protest against the revocation of the special status of the state.
Meanwhile, normal life remained affected across Kashmir on Sunday, with commercial establishments shut and public transport off the roads post abrogation of Article 370 by government of India.
However, for the first time in last 30- years that street vendors at Polo ground, Batamaloo, Jehangir Chowk, Dalgate crossing and Hazouri Bagh witnessed a huge rush with shoppers busy in purchasing.
From Radio Kashmir crossing to Jehangir Chowk, the increased number of private vehicles resulted in traffic snarls at few places, as shoppers thronged to the weekly flea markets in the city.
With shops and commercial complexes shut, the number of roadside vendors have increased at several places in the city in last over two months.
Several shops were seen also open in the Regal Chowk and the Residency Road areas in the morning for few hours and then down the shutters as a mark of protest against the revocation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
However, Karan Nagar area of the city remained shut after the grenade attack on Saturday evening. On Saturday evening a grenade was lobbed on Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF), party at Kaka Sarai area near Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital- injuring six CRPF personnel.
With PTI inputs

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